Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate

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Hoover Press, 1 nov. 2017 - 264 páginas
America is "currently fighting its second Civil War." Partisan politics are "ripping this country apart." The 2016 election "will go down as the most acrimonious presidential campaign of all." Such statements have become standard fare in American politics. In a time marked by gridlock and incivility, it seems the only thing Americans can agree on is this: we're more divided today than we've ever been in our history. In Unstable Majorities Morris P. Fiorina surveys American political history to reveal that, in fact, the American public is not experiencing a period of unprecedented polarization. Bypassing the alarmism that defines contemporary punditry, he cites research and historical context that illuminate the forces that shape voting patterns, political parties, and voter behavior. By placing contemporary events in their proper context, he corrects widespread misconceptions and gives reasons to be optimistic about the future of American electoral politics.
 

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Índice

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
An Era of Tenuous Majorities
Has the American Public Polarized?
The Political Parties Have Sorted
Party Sorting and Democratic Politics
The Marginal Members of an Electoral Coalition
The ReNationalization of Congressional Elections
Is the US Experience Exceptional?
A Historical Perspective
The 2016 Presidential ElectionAn Abundance of Controversies
The 2016 Presidential ElectionIdentities Class and Culture CHAPTER 12 Where To Now?
About the Author
Index
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Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His current research focuses on elections and public opinion with particular attention to the quality of representation.

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