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The Resource The American political landscape, Byron E. Shafer and Richard H. Spady

The American political landscape, Byron E. Shafer and Richard H. Spady

Label
The American political landscape
Title
The American political landscape
Statement of responsibility
Byron E. Shafer and Richard H. Spady
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Social scientists and campaign strategists approach voting behavior from opposite poles. Reconciling these rival camps through a merger of precise statistics and hard-won election experience, The American Political Landscape presents a full-scale analysis of U.S. electoral politics over the past quarter-century. Byron Shafer and Richard Spady explain how factors not usually considered hard data, such as latent attitudes and personal preferences, interact to produce an indisputably solid result: the final tally of votes. Pundits and pollsters usually boil down U.S. elections to a stark choice between Democrat and Republican. Shafer and Spady explore the significance of a third possibility: not voting at all. Voters can and do form coalitions based on specific issues, so that simple party identification does not determine voter turnout or ballot choices. Deploying a new method that quantifiably maps the distribution of political attitudes in the voting population, the authors describe an American electoral landscape in flux during the period from 1984 to 2008. The old order, organized by economic values, ceded ground to a new one in which cultural and economic values enjoy equal prominence. This realignment yielded election outcomes that contradicted the prevailing wisdom about the importance of ideological centrism. Moderates have fared badly in recent contests as Republican and Democratic blocs have drifted further apart. Shafer and Spady find that persisting links between social backgrounds and political values tend to empty the ideological center while increasing the clout of the ideologically committed. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shafer, Byron E
Dewey number
324.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1726
LC item number
.S53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Spady, Richard H.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Politics, Practical
  • Political campaigns
  • Elections
  • United States
  • Elections
  • Political campaigns
  • Political science
  • Politics, Practical
  • United States
Label
The American political landscape, Byron E. Shafer and Richard H. Spady
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The strategic landscape : how to find it, how to read it, what it reveals -- Mapping the political landscape : the nexus of demographics and preferences -- Structure and substance : demographic cleavages and the roots of political values -- Structure and substance : social groups and the incarnation of political values -- Mapping the political landscape : three routes across ideological terrain -- Political values and presidential votes : a benchmark year -- The evolution of the strategic landscape, 1984-2008 -- Social groups and electoral evolution, 1984-2008 -- Conclusion : the landscape of modern American politics : ideological evolution and strategic incentives
Control code
840460752
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 342 pages
Isbn
9780674045590
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013020186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)840460752
Label
The American political landscape, Byron E. Shafer and Richard H. Spady
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The strategic landscape : how to find it, how to read it, what it reveals -- Mapping the political landscape : the nexus of demographics and preferences -- Structure and substance : demographic cleavages and the roots of political values -- Structure and substance : social groups and the incarnation of political values -- Mapping the political landscape : three routes across ideological terrain -- Political values and presidential votes : a benchmark year -- The evolution of the strategic landscape, 1984-2008 -- Social groups and electoral evolution, 1984-2008 -- Conclusion : the landscape of modern American politics : ideological evolution and strategic incentives
Control code
840460752
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 342 pages
Isbn
9780674045590
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013020186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)840460752

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