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Political Behavior of the American Electorate

Political Behavior of the American Electorate

Fifteenth Edition

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February 2022 | 336 pages | CQ Press

The 2020 elections took place under intense political polarization, uncertain economic conditions, a global pandemic, and social unrest. 

Political Behavior of the American ElectorateFifteenth Edition, attempts to answer your questions around the above topics by interpreting data from the most recent American National Election Study to provide a thorough analysis of the 2020 elections and the current American political behavior. Authors Elizabeth Theiss-Morse and Michael Wagner continue the tradition of Flanigan and Zingale to illustrate and document trends in American political behavior with the best longitudinal data available. The authors also put these trends in context by focusing on the major concepts and characteristics that shape Americans’ responses to politics.

In the completely revised Fifteenth Edition, readers will explore support and opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, discuss post-election attitudes about the January 6th attempted coup, examine misinformation and the beliefs in QAnon, and dissect reports on public assessments of President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chapter 1 Democratic Beliefs and American Democracy
Chapter 2 Electoral Context and Strategy
Chapter 3 Turnout and Participation in Elections
Chapter 4 Unconventional Participation and Social Identity
Chapter 5 Partisanship and Party Change
Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Ideology
Chapter 7 Political Communication and the Mass Media
Chapter 8 Vote Choice and Electoral Decisions

Theiss-Morse et al. present complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner to facilitate an in-depth understanding of how individuals engage in the electoral process and make voting decisions. This book is the reference for understanding the context in which campaigns and parties for undergraduate classes.

Tristan Hightower
Political Science, Bryant University
April 20, 2024

The hands-down best book for teaching a Voters and Campaigns class.

Melody Rowlett
Political Science Dept, University Of Oklahoma
November 14, 2023

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