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Beyond Red State and Blue State Electoral Gaps in the 21st Century American Electorate

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ISBN-10: 013615557X

ISBN-13: 9780136155577

Edition: 2008

Authors: Laura R. Olson, John C. Green, Paul S. Herrnson, Matthew H. Olson

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For courses on Introduction to American Politics/American National Government or Political Parties and Elections. Beyond Red State and Blue State: Electoral Gaps in the 21st Century American Electorate explores the many demographic gaps that exist within the American electorate. It takes students beyond the assumption that American voters are divided into red states and blue states. This book is designed to explore the most important voting gaps in American politics today. It shows that twenty-first-century Americans are divided on a wide range of political fronts that go far beyond the somewhat simplistic red state, blue state rubric that has become so popular in American political…    
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

John C. Green is distinguished professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron. He is the author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences the Vote, among other works.

Paul S. Herrnson is director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington, 4th ed. (2004) and Party Campaigning in the 1980s (1988) and coauthor of The Financiers of Congressional Elections (2003). He is coeditor of several volumes, including War Stories from Capitol Hill (2003), Responsible Partisanship? The Evolution of American Political Parties Since 1950 (2003), Multiparty Politics in America, 2nd ed. (2002), and Playing Hardball: Campaigning for the U.S. Congress (2000). He has served as an American Political Science…    

About the Contributors
"Gapology" and the 2004 Presidential Vote
"Gapology" and the 2004 Presidential Vote
Piecing the Gaps Together
The Plan of the Book
Racial and Ethnic Gaps
Group Identification and Group-Based Heuristics
A History of Groups in Politics
The Significance of Groups in Politics: The Case of African Americans
Group-Based Heuristics and African-American Politics
Making Sense of Heuristics
Expectations on the Future of Racial/Ethnic Electoral Gaps
The Marriage Gap
The Different Political Worlds of Married and Unmarried America
The Rise of Unmarried America and the Changing American Family
A Tale of Two Cohorts
Causes of the Marriage Gap
Political Mobilization
The Future of the Marriage Gap and Related Research
The Worship Attendance Gap
The Sociological Roots of the Worship Attendance Gap
The Political Roots of the Worship Attendance Gap
The Emergence of the Worship Attendance Gap
The Worship Attendance Gap in 2004
Will the Worship Attendance Gap Persist in the Future?
The Class Gap
The Development of Class Analyses
The Evidence on Class Divisions
Class Divisions in American Politics
Constraints on Class Divisions
Culture Wars and Class Divisions
Income and Abortion Views
The Rural-Urban Gap
Urban Voters and Democratic Loyalty
Rural Voters and Republican Loyalty
Sources of Urban-Rural Division in Place-Based Stereotypes
Economic Change and the Experience of Economic Change
Entrepreneurial Self-Images and Private Property
Weeding Out the Failures: Labor Market Migration
The Gender Gap
The History of the Modern Gender Gap: 1952 to 2004
What Causes the Gender Gap?
Gender Differences in Political Attitudes
What Women and Men Really Care About
The Gender Gap in 2004
Was It the Security Moms?
The Generation Gap
Age Groups, Socialization, and the Study of Generations
The Generation Gap in the Presidential Vote
The Generation Gap in 2004
Explaining the Generation Gap in 2004
Targeting and Electoral Gaps
Targeting Base Supporters and Persuadable Voters
Defining Voters
Using Targeting Information