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- DescriptionAmidst the polarization of contemporary politics, partisan loyalties among citizens are regarded as one contributor to political stalemate. Partisan loyalties lead Democrats and Republicans to look at the same ecomic information but to come to strikingly different conclusions about the state of the ecomy and the performance of the president in managing it. As a result, many observers argue that democratic politics would work better if citizens would shed their party loyalty and more dispassionately assess political and ecomic news. In this book, Gregory E. McAvoy argues-contra this conventional wisdom; that partisanship is a necessary feature of modern politics, making it feasible for citizens to make some sense of the vast number of issues that make their way onto the political agenda. Using unique data, he shows that the biases and distortions that partisanship introduces to collective opinion are real, but despite them, collective opinion changes meaningfully in response to ecomic and political news. In a comparison of the public's assessment of the ecomy to those of ecomic experts, he finds a close correspondence between the two over time, and that in modern democracies an informed public will also necessarily be partisan. Modernizing the study of collective opinion, McAvoy's book is essential reading for scholars of American Public Opinion and Political Behavior.
- Author BiographyGregory E. McAvoy is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published articles in the fields of public policy, American political institutions, and research methods, and his work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis. He served as co-editor of the book review section of the American Political Science Review (2001-2003) and Perspectives on Politics (2004). He teaches courses in public policy, interest groups, research methods, and program evaluation.
- Author(s)Gregory E. McAvoy
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication18/05/2015
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note28 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white tables, 28 black & white line drawings
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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