American Political Behavior

Political Advertising in the United States

Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael M. Franz, and Travis N. Ridout

First Edition • February 23, 2016 • 216 pages

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A brief but comprehensive guide to the major debates and latest trends in political advertising, using unique tracking data from the Wesleyan Media Project.

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Presidential Power: Theories and Dilemmas

John P. Burke

First Edition • March 15, 2016 • 270 pages

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A broad and comprehensive analysis of the theories of presidential power, from early notions of presidential power and Neustadt’s “power to persuade” theory, to Kernell’s concept of “going public,” and theories of “historical time” and “internal time.”

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Public Opinion

Carroll J. Glynn, Susan Herbst, Mark Lindeman, Garrett J. O'Keefe, Robert Y. Shapiro

Third Edition • July 7, 2015 • 406 pages

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Public Opinion is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary examination of public opinion in the United States. Drawing on scholarship in political science, psychology, sociology, and communications, the authors explore the nature of political and social attitudes in the United States and how these attitudes are shaped by various institutions, with an…

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Interest Groups and Lobbying: Pursuing Political Interests in America

Thomas T. Holyoke

First Edition • March 1, 2014 • 352 pages

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An examination of interest group politics, lobbying, and their role in the political decision-making process

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Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior

Patrick Fisher

First Edition • March 11, 2014 • 256 pages

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An examination of how and why various US demographic groups are politically distinct and how these groups’ behavior can influence public opinion, policy, and party positioning.

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Politics Is a Joke!: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life

S. Robert Lichter, Jody C Baumgartner, Jonathan S. Morris

First Edition • July 22, 2014 • 272 pages

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Does late night political humor matter? Are late night comedians merely entertaining, or do they have the power to influence the way we think about politics and politicians? Politics is a Joke! demonstrates how the public turns to late night comedy for political information and is in turn affected by…

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American Voter Turnout: An Institutional Perspective

David Hill

First Edition • December 13, 2005 • 192 pages

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Using a combination of existing and original research, this new text provides a simple explanation for the low turnout in American elections: rather than creating an environment conducive to participation, the institutional arrangements that govern structure participation, representation, and actual governance in the United States create an environment that discourages…

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Voting for Women: How the Public Evaluates Women Candidates

Kathy Dolan

First Edition • August 1, 2003 • 208 pages

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Women comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the candidate pool for elective office in the United States. Public opinion surveys profess strong support for female candidates, yet many of these same candidates still encounter skepticism (at best) or hostility (at worst) from the public. The role of candidate gender in elections…

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In Defense of Public Opinion Polling

Kenneth F. Warren

First Edition • September 1, 2002 • 384 pages

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      What do we really know about public opinion polls? Are they as flawed as conventional wisdom implies? How accurate are the polls, really? How can we spot a bad poll? Why do politicians and journalists have a love-hate relationship with polls? How do polls help us interpret…

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Congress and the Decline of Public Trust

Edited by Joseph Cooper

First Edition • September 1, 1999 • 256 pages

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Since the time of Watergate and Vietnam, trust in government has fallen precipitously. This can easily be sensed in the apathy and divisiveness that now characterize American politics, but it is perhaps most clearly revealed in poll data. The great majority of Americans do not trust the government to do…

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