The American Political Landscape

The American Political Landscape

Byron E. Shafer


Social scientists and crusade strategists strategy balloting habit from contrary poles. Reconciling those rival camps via a merger of unique facts and hard-won election experience, the yank Political Landscape provides a full-scale research of U.S. electoral politics over the last quarter-century. Byron Shafer and Richard Spady clarify how elements no longer frequently thought of challenging facts, resembling latent attitudes and private personal tastes, have interaction to supply an indubitably stable outcome: the ultimate tally of votes.

Pundits and pollsters often boil down U.S. elections to a stark selection among Democrat and Republican. Shafer and Spady discover the importance of a 3rd hazard: no longer balloting in any respect. electorate can and do shape coalitions in line with particular concerns, in order that basic get together id doesn't ascertain voter turnout or poll offerings. Deploying a brand new strategy that quantifiably maps the distribution of political attitudes within the balloting inhabitants, the authors describe an American electoral panorama in flux in the course of the interval from 1984 to 2008. The outdated order, prepared by way of fiscal values, ceded flooring to a brand new one within which cultural and monetary values get pleasure from equivalent prominence.

This realignment yielded election results that contradicted the present knowledge in regards to the value of ideological centrism. Moderates have fared badly in fresh contests as Republican and Democratic blocs have drifted extra aside. Shafer and Spady locate that persisting hyperlinks among social backgrounds and political values are inclined to empty the ideological heart whereas expanding the clout of the ideologically committed.

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