Political Behavior of the American Electorate (Paperback)
  • Political Behavior of the American Electorate (Paperback)

Political Behavior of the American Electorate (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 08/04/2014
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New authors Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Michael Wagner continue the tradition of Flanigan and Zingale by using American National Election Study data to provide a thorough analysis of the 2012 elections and of American political behaviour more generally. The authors explore get-out-the-vote efforts and the reasons people voted the way they did, as well as the nature and impact of partisanship, issues, and news media coverage in 2012-all with an eye toward understanding the trends that led up to the election.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781452240442
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
Edition: 13th Revised edition


"I like how Political Behavior of the American Electorate explains historical data on the role of partisanship, issues, and other candidate characteristics in voting behavior. The themes that I emphasize and for which the data and discussion in the book are useful include public opinion and democratic competence as well as partisan conflict and polarization."

-- Robert Y. Shapiro

"From my course evaluations, students laud the readability of the text and how it cogently and succinctly summarizes what can be very intricate research findings from the extant literature. In addition, my students indicate that the text is very engaging. I have noted independently of student comments that they are better able to comprehend the course material as a result of the authors' writing style."

-- J. Edwin Benton, University of South Florida

"The coverage in this book is outstanding. The suffrage and turnout chapter, in particular, is fantastic. The book speaks so well to the issues I want to cover that I would be hard-pressed to do without it when teaching political behavior. The authors have done a tremendous job of incorporating relevant literature, from both the past and present."

-- Christopher Devine

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