Controversies in Voting Behavior, 5th Edition
Despite all that scholars have learned about voting behavior, significant questions persist. Controversies in Voting Behavior brings together the best scholarship and organizes it around five important debates that drive research in the field. This new edition features fifteen new selections, with many of these containing new or updated evidence added by the authors just for this volume. Section introductions establish useful context while guiding readers through conflicting interpretations that emerge across the chapters and in the academic literature.
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With both entirely new essays written specifically for this volume, and updating throughout, Controversies in Voting Behavior offers up a whole new set of readings discussing issues from the realignment of party lines and polarization of the American electorate, to what issues really get voters out to the polls on election day.
Niemi, Weisberg and Kimball supply all new section introductions that establish useful context and help readers make connections and sort through the many divergent opinions of the section authors. Collectively, the readings and supporting essays in Controversies in Voting Behavior provide the best scholarship available on voting behavior in one volume.
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Table of Contents
Part I Political Participation
Part II Political Information
Part III Vote Determinants
Part IV Partisanship and Issue Preferences
Part V Partisan Realignment
Niemi, Weisberg, and Kimball have produced an outstanding volume. Controversies in Voting Behavior should be an essential part of any political behavior course. The comprehensive literature reviews and articles engage undergraduates and give them the necessary background to grapple with key issues in the literature. I use the literature reviews in graduate courses as the model students should follow. - Michael J. Hanmer, University of Maryland at College Park
Richard G. Niemi, University of RochesterRichard G. Niemi is Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. He is co-editor of Vital Statistics on American Politics, 2009-2010 (CQ Press, 2010), and Comparing Democracies 3 (Sage, 2010). He has written numerous articles on civic education, voting, legislative districting, and term limits. He is a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Herbert F. Weisberg, Ohio State UniversityHerbert F. Weisberg is professor of political science at Ohio State University and former editor of the American Journal of Political Science. He is the co-author of The American Voter Revisited (2008) and author of The Total Survey Error Approach: A Guide to the New Science of Survey Research (2005). He was the founding president of the American Political Science Association’s organized section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior.
David Kimball, University of Missouri-St. LouisDavid C. Kimball is associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the co-author of Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why (2009) and Why Americans Split Their Tickets (2002). He has written several articles on voting behavior, public opinion, election administration, and interest group lobbying.