Why Americans Don't Vote: Turnout Decline in the United States, 1960-1984

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 149 pages
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Why Americans Don't Vote is a well-crafted and well-executed piece of research. It stands as the best treatment of the topic, a topic that has received a good deal of attention. I recommend this book highly, both to those interested in understanding political participation and to those interested in modelling change in attitudes and behaviors generally.

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Contents

Introduction The Empty Polling Booth
3
Framing the Investigation Analytical Strategy and Statistical Methods
37
Is Demography Destiny? Social Structure and Turnout Decline
49
Beyond Demography The Politics of Turnout Decline
63
The American Nonvoter 19601980 A Closer Look
81
The Changing American Nonvoter 19601980
107
The American Nonvoter Revisited The 1984 Election
115
Data Set and Coding of Variables
127
References
139
Index
145
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Page 140 - Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me can't really understand what's going on. 94d . I don't think public officials care much what people like me think.
Page 140 - GENERALLY SPEAKING, DO YOU USUALLY THINK OF YOURSELF AS A REPUBLICAN, A DEMOCRAT, AN INDEPENDENT, OR WHAT.
Page 140 - We are interested in this interview in finding out whether people paid much attention to the election campaign this year. Take newspapers for instance— did you read about the campaign in any newspaper? (If yes) How much did you read newspaper articles about the election— regularly, often, from time to time, or just once in a great while?
Page 140 - Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican Party or to the Democratic party?
Page 144 - Chambers and Walter Dean Burnham, The American Party Systems (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967).

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About the author (1987)

RUY TEIXEIRA is a Senior Analyst specializing in income security, education, and survey research for Abt Associates, Inc.