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Facing the Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation

Paul M. Sniderman and Benjamin Highton


Citizens are political simpletons—that is only a modest exaggeration of a common characterization of voters. Certainly, there is no shortage of evidence of citizens' limited political knowledge, even about matters of the highest importance, along with inconsistencies in their thinking, some glaring by any standard. But this picture of citizens all too often approaches caricature. This book brings together leading political scientists who offer new insights into the political thinking of the public, the causes of party polarization, the motivations for political participation, and the paradoxic ... More

Keywords: voters, citizens, public, party polarization, political participation, democratic representation, voter turnout, politics, political activism

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151106
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Sniderman, editor
Stanford University

Benjamin Highton, editor
University of California, Davis

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Introduction Facing the Challenge of Democracy

Paul M. Sniderman and Benjamin Highton

Part I The Political Logic of Preference Consistency

III Cosmopolitanism

Simon Jackman and Lynn Vavreck

IV Running to the Right

Diana Mutz and Susanna Dilliplane

V Pathways to Conservative Identification

Christopher Ellis and James A. Stimson

Part II Polarization and the Party System

X The Myth of the Independent Voter Revisited

David B. Magleby, Candice J. Nelson, and Mark C. Westlye

Part III  Participation and Representation

XI Who Really Votes?

Stephen Ansolabehere and Eitan Hersh

XII Who Governs if Everyone Votes?

John Sides, Eric Schickler, and Jack Citrin

XIII The Effects of Registration Laws on Voter Turnout

Matthew R. Knee and Donald P. Green

XIV Issue Preferences, Civic Engagement, and the Transformation of American Politics

Edward G. Carmines, Michael J. Ensley, and Michael W. Wagner

End Matter