Polarized Public? Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional

ISBN-10: 0205877397

ISBN-13: 9780205877393

Edition: 2013

Authors: Alan I. Abramowitz

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The Polarized Public takes an in-depth look at the seemingly irreconcilable divide between Republicans and Democrats and argues that bi-partisanship remains elusive, not because of politicians in the capitol, but because of the American public and their fixation on party membership and loyalty. How did this intense polarization develop? How has it influenced the current political climate? How will it evolve and affect the upcoming presidential and congressional elections? Alan Abramowitz addresses all of these questions among others in this new, eye-opening addition to The Great Questions in Politics series.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 2/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The Polarized Public
The Debate: Elite versus Mass Polarization
Evidence for Mass Polarization: The Case of Health Care Reform
Constraint and Polarization
Explaining the Rise of Mass Polarization
The Racial Divide
The Racial Divide in 2008
The Racial Transformation of the American Party System
The Rise of the Nonwhite Electorate
Race and the Rise of Polarization
The Racial Divide and Ideological Polarization
Chapter Summary
The Ideological Divide
Ideological Realignment and the Demise of the New Deal Party System
The Rise of Ideological Polarization
Sorting versus Polarization
Issue Constraint and Polarization
Political Engagement, Constraint, and Polarization: Evidence from 2010
Polarized Positions or Polarized Choices?
Chapter Summary
The Cultural Divide
Explaining the Religious Divide: The Rise of Abortion as a Political Issue
Cultural Issues in 2008: Abortion and Gay Rights
Growing Consistency between Cultural and Economic Issues
Cultural Issues, Economic Issues, and Party Identification
Chapter Summary
The Geographic Divide
Explaining the Red-Blue Divide
The Red-Blue Divide and Presidential Elections
The Growing Red-Blue Divide in the Senate
The Growing Red-Blue Divide in the House of Representatives
Chapter Summary
The Polarized Public and the Rise of the Tea Party Movement
Brewing the Tea: The Growth of the Conservative Republican Base, 1972-2008
Drinking the Tea: Analyzing Public Support for the Tea Party Movement in 2010
Explaining Tea Party Support: A Multivariate Analysis
Tea Party Support and Political Activism
Chapter Summary
Polarization Continues: The 2012 Elections and Beyond
The Outlook for 2012: The Republican Presidential Nomination
The Outlook for 2012: The Presidential Election
The Outlook for 2012: The House of Representatives
The Outlook for 2012: The Senate
Beyond 2012: Governing in an Age of Polarization
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