The American Voter Revisited

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University of Michigan Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Political Science - 508 pages
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Today we are politically polarized as never before. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 will be remembered as two of the most contentious political events in American history. Yet despite the recent election upheaval, The American Voter Revisited discovers that voter behavior has been remarkably consistent over the last half century. And if the authors are correct in their predictions, 2008 will show just how reliably the American voter weighs in, election after election. The American Voter Revisited re-creates the outstanding 1960 classic The American Voter---which was based on the presidential elections of 1952 and 1956---following the same format, theory, and mode of analysis as the original. In this new volume, the authors test the ideas and methods of the original against presidential election surveys from 2000 and 2004. Surprisingly, the contemporary American voter is found to behave politically much like voters of the 1950s. "Simply essential. For generations, serious students of American politics have kept The American Voter right on their desk. Now, everyone will keep The American Voter Revisited right next to it." ---Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of A More Perfect Constitution "The American Voter Revisited is destined to be the definitive volume on American electoral behavior for decades. It is a timely book for 2008, with in-depth analyses of the 2000 and 2004 elections updating and extending the findings of the original The American Voter. It is also quite accessible, making it ideal for graduate students as well as advanced undergrads." ---Andrew E. Smith, Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center "A theoretically faithful, empirically innovative, comprehensive update of the original classic." ---Sam Popkin, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego Michael S. Lewis-Beck is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. William G. Jacoby is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. Helmut Norpoth is Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University. Herbert F. Weisberg is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University.
 

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Contents

Setting
3
Theoretical Orientation
19
Political Attitudes and the Vote
29
Perceptions of the Parties and Candidates
31
Partisan Choice
60
Voting Turnout
82
The Political Context
109
The Impact of Party Identification
111
Membership in Social Groupings
305
Class and Other Social Characteristics
334
Economic Antecedents of Political Behavior
365
The Electoral Decision and the Political System
391
The Electoral Decision
393
Electoral Behavior and the Political System
415
The American Voter Then and Now
424
Counterpart Tables and Figures
429

The Development of Party Identification
138
Public Policy and Political Preference
161
Attitude Structure and the Problem of Ideology
201
The Formation of Issue Concepts and Partisan Change
254
The Social and Economic Context
303
Replication of The American Voter
435
References
441
Index
481
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Michael S. Lewis-Beck is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His interests are comparative elections, election forecasting, political economy, and quantitative methodology. He has been designated the 4th most cited political scientist since 1940, in the field of methodology. Professor Lewis-Beck has authored or co-authored over 240 articles and books, including "Applied Regression: An Introduction", " Data Analysis: An Introduction, Economics and Elections: The Major Western Democracies, Forecasting Elections, The American Voter Revisited "and" French Presidential Elections". He has served as an Editor of the "American Journal of Political Science", the Sage "QASS" series (the green monographs) in quantitative methods and "The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods". Currently he is Associate Editor of "International Journal of Forecasting" and Associate Editor of "French Politics". In spring 2012, he held the position of Paul Lazersfeld University Professor at the University of Vienna. During the fall of 2012, he was Visiting Professor at Center for Citizenship and Democracy, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. In spring 2013, Professor Lewis-Beck was Visiting Scholar, Centennial Center, American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. During fall 2013, he served as Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. In spring, 2014, he was Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Goteborg, Sweden. For fall, 2014, he served as a Visiting Professor at LUISS University, Rome. At present, he is co-authoring a book on how Latin Americans vote.

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