Tides of Consent How Public Opinion Shapes American Politics

ISBN-10: 0521601177

ISBN-13: 9780521601177

Edition: 2004

Authors: James A. Stimson

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Tracking trends in American public opinion, this study examines moods of public policy over time. James Stimson looks at shorter term movements as the public approves or disapproves politicians, trusts or distrusts government. His book is distinctive in that it focuses on determining the unobserved true opinion that lies beneath superficial polls. It argues that public opinion is decisive in American politics and identifies the citizens who produce influential change as a relatively small subset of the American electorate.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface: The Shutdown
On Point of View
On How the Book Came to Be Written
On Truth, Objectivity, and Spin
Opinion Flows
September 11
Policy Preferences
So, What's New?
A Theory of Public Opinion
Some Postulates about Opinion Movement
Design of the Book
What the Public Wants from Government
Thinking about Public Opinion
Absolute and Relative
Means and Ends
What Are the Considerations? Policy Domains
Some Newer Policy Conflicts
Left and Right Movements in Preference
The Issue Evolution Theory of Issue Alignment
Three Issue Evolutions
Preferences for Liberalism and Conservatism
Ideology: Operational and Symbolic
The Great Horse Race: Finding Meaning in Presidential Campaigns
The Lore of Presidential Campaigns: Three Stories
Do the Polls Predict Presidential Elections?
So, What Really Matters?
Party Nominating Conventions
Canadidate Debates
Between the Campaigns: Public Approval and Disapproval of Government
The Presidency
U.S. Senators
Trust in Government
Is Approval Generic?
On Politics at the Margin
A Tale of Three Elections
Who Accounts for Change in American Politics?
The Rhythms of Opinion: A Reconsideration
On Marginal Democracy
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