Electoral Democracy

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Michael MacKuen, George Rabinowitz
University of Michigan Press, 2003 - Political Science - 351 pages
Electoral Democracy pushes the boundaries of our current understanding of democratic politics and government. Some of the most distinguished scholars in the discipline were asked to write about a topic of continuing interest to their ongoing research programs. The fruit of their efforts incorporates the best of contemporary work on public opinion and democracy. Taking different perspectives, the authors assess the nature of citizens' political beliefs and values and then consider the ways that those views connect with elite policy-making. The combined set of essays provides the reader a good view of current research, suggests novel theoretical advances, and in the end invites a renewed interest in the quality and durability of electoral democracy.
Michael B. MacKuen is Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina. George Rabinowitz is Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Belief Systems after Converse
13
Democracy with Attitudes
48
The Political Psychology of Party Identification
83
Process Matters Cognitive Models of Candidate Evaluation
125
Policy Issues and Electoral Democracy
172
Elections and the Dynamics of Ideological Representation
200
The Heavenly Public What Would a Fully Informed Citizenry Be Like?
238
The Nature of Belief in a Mass Public
262
Electoral Democracy during Politics as Usual and Unusual
279
Coming to Grips with V O Keys Concept of Latent Opinion
311
Contributors
337
Name Index
339
Subject Index
347
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