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Political Behavior of the American Electorate [Paperback]

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In this new edition, Flanigan and Zingale continue their outstanding analytical overview of the political behavior of the American voter. The 2004 elections demonstrated, once again, the capacity of the electorate to surprise and confound political pundits, public opinion analysts, and even academics. The surprise not only stems from the closeness of the contests, but also from the country's apparent partisan polarization, geographic division, and social cleavages.

Incorporating the results of the 2004 presidential and congressional races, the authors continue to ask questions that get at the core of voters' political behavior and present their findings and analysis within historical context: Who votes and why? Are Americans committed to upholding basic democratic values? How does partisanship affect political behavior? How do economic and social factors influence individuals' politics and choices?

Updated throughout, the authors discuss the implications of homeland security and the war on terror on the electorate and pay increased attention to polarization and ideology, as well as presenting and exploring new data. Additionally, their chapter on political culture is now centered on the idea of electoral democracy. Utilizing the best time-series data available, Flanigan and Zingale reliably provide students with a rich, broad survey of elections and the changes that have occurred in American political behavior over the past 50 years.

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Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2005
Publisher   CQ Press
ISBN  1933116676  
ISBN13  9781933116679  

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More About William H. Flanigan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William H. Flanigan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Minnesota. He is the coeditor (With Joel H. Silbey and Allan G. Bogue) of "The History of American Electoral Behavior". With Jerome M. Clubb and Nancy H. Zingale, he coauthored "Partisan Realignment: Voters, Parties and Government in American History" and coedited "Analyzing Electoral History: A Guide to the Study of American Voter Behavior".

William H. Flanigan currently resides in the state of Minnesota. William H. Flanigan was born in 1947.

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misunderstading the point  Apr 2, 2005
OK, the previous reviews are clearly misunderstanding the purpose of such a book. This is essentially a simplified overview of research in political behavior. It's simple, readable, straight forward, etc.

Social scientists seek to investigate phenomena that might seem "common sense" in order to find evidence for or against these conclusions. The charts and graphs don't all match because they are derived from different studies, and pulled together here. This is not original research, it is a quick, concise summary of other research - which is useful for students.
Mother of God!  Mar 22, 2005
Worst of all time. Flanigan and Zingale just defecated on my face with this pile of waste. My life has been wasted, I feel raped and alone. Watch CNN during election time and gather everything you ever need to know about the material in this book.
This is a complete waste of money  Feb 24, 2005
Take it from me: spend your $35 elsewhere. Go buy some cd's or go to the movies or something, but don't buy this book. If you have any common sense at all when it comes to politics, you won't need this. Pages are spent just simply repeating that Democrats are viewed as liberals and Republicans are viewed as Conservatives. Chart after chart after chart will tell you how minorities tend to vote Democrat, white men tend to vote Republican, and white women tend to vote more Democratically. That is, if you can even read the charts. Every chart--literally--is different from all the rest. They all have a completely different format from each other, and some of them make absolutely no sense. This was a total waste of my money (thanks a lot, Social Science H1F at UCI). Read an opinion poll and it will tell you basically everything you would learn in this book.

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