Using classic theories to explain individuals' political decisions, this volume examines what influences these decisions. Supported by the research of the Columbia school of electoral sociology, this view is contrasted with rational choice theory and the Michigan school of electoral analysis. Written by a range of political scientists, this volume advances theory and method in the study of political behavior and returns the social logic of politics to the heart of political science.
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"In the classic sociological tradition of the Columbia School, this impressive collection of studies explores the impact of families, friends, workplaces, and communities on our political choices and behavior. The imaginative research in this volume amply demonstrates that, despite the imposing presence of the mass media, we continue to be shaped in significant ways by the company we keep."-Dennis Chong, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science
"The Social Logic of Politics addresses the question of sociological influences on political behavior, and the essays in this volume do in fact succeed in this purpose, offering a significant contribution in this area. Zuckerman brings the original sociological themes and research of Lazarsfeld and his colleagues into the 21st century, and the scholarship here is state-of-the-art, showcasing a wide range of data and methodologies."-Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
"Overall, this is an important collection of essays... an essential read."-Perspectives on Politics