Why Americans Hate Welfare

Author: Martin Gilens
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226293660
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Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policy, public opinion, and the role of the media in both. Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect both a distrust of welfare recipients and a desire to do more to help the "deserving" poor. "With one out of five children currently living in poverty and more than 100,000 families with children now homeless, Gilens's book is must reading if you want to understand how the mainstream media have helped justify, and even produce, this state of affairs." —Susan Douglas, The Progressive "Gilens's well-written and logically developed argument deserves to be taken seriously." —Choice "A provocative analysis of American attitudes towards 'welfare.'. . . [Gilens] shows how racial stereotypes, not white self-interest or anti-statism, lie at the root of opposition to welfare programs." -Library Journal

Race Campaign Politics And The Realignment In The South

Author: James M. Glaser
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300077230
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Why has the Democratic Party persisted in winning southern congressional elections in recent decades, while Republicans have dominated in presidential elections? Drawing upon extensive eyewitness accounts, news reports, and his own direct observations, James Glaser reveals that issues of group conflict and race continue to have an enormous impact on southern politics, though not always in expected ways.

Crime Public Opinion And Civil Liberties

Author: Shmuel Lock
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275964320
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Compares and contrasts survey data on mass and elite legal opinion with each other and with specific US Supreme Court decisions. Topics raised include the role of public opinion in democratic governance and whether the high court should heed public opinion in making its decisions. Relevant court cas

Public Opinion

Author: Walter Lippmann
Publisher: Harcourt
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The Nature And Origins Of Mass Opinion

Author: John Zaller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521407861
Size: 72.27 MB
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In this book John Zaller develops a comprehensive theory to explain how people acquire political information from the mass media and convert it into political preferences. Using numerous specific examples, Zaller applies this theory in order to explain the dynamics of public opinion on a broad range of subjects, including both domestic and foreign policy, trust in government, racial equality, and presidential approval, as well as voting behavior in U.S. House, Senate and Presidential elections. Particularly perplexing characteristics of public opinion are also examined, such as the high degree of random fluctuations in political attitudes observed in opinion surveys and the changes in attitudes due to minor changes in the wording of survey questions.

Welfare And Welfare Reform

Author: Thomas Streissguth
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438127014
Size: 78.91 MB
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Provides an overview of the issues associated with welfare and welfare reform in the United States, with a glossary of terms and a fully annotated bibliography.

Sourcebook For Political Communication Research

Author: Erik P. Bucy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317709349
Size: 25.54 MB
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The Sourcebook for Political Communication Research will offer scholars, students, researchers, and other interested readers a comprehensive source for state-of-the-art/field research methods, measures, and analytical techniques in the field of political communication. The need for this Sourcebook stems from recent innovations in political communication involving the use of advanced statistical techniques, innovative conceptual frameworks, the rise of digital media as both a means by which to disseminate and study political communication, and methods recently adapted from other disciplines, particularly psychology, sociology, and neuroscience. Chapters will have a social-scientific orientation and will explain new methodologies and measures applicable to questions regarding media, politics, and civic life. The Sourcebook covers the major analytical techniques used in political communication research, including surveys (both original data collections and secondary analyses), experiments, content analysis, discourse analysis (focus groups and textual analysis), network and deliberation analysis, comparative study designs, statistical analysis, and measurement issues.

Affluence And Influence

Author: Martin Gilens
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691153973
Size: 43.19 MB
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Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy--but as this book demonstrates, America's policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged. Affluence and Influence definitively explores how political inequality in the United States has evolved over the last several decades and how this growing disparity has been shaped by interest groups, parties, and elections. With sharp analysis and an impressive range of data, Martin Gilens looks at thousands of proposed policy changes, and the degree of support for each among poor, middle-class, and affluent Americans. His findings are staggering: when preferences of low- or middle-income Americans diverge from those of the affluent, there is virtually no relationship between policy outcomes and the desires of less advantaged groups. In contrast, affluent Americans' preferences exhibit a substantial relationship with policy outcomes whether their preferences are shared by lower-income groups or not. Gilens shows that representational inequality is spread widely across different policy domains and time periods. Yet Gilens also shows that under specific circumstances the preferences of the middle class and, to a lesser extent, the poor, do seem to matter. In particular, impending elections--especially presidential elections--and an even partisan division in Congress mitigate representational inequality and boost responsiveness to the preferences of the broader public. At a time when economic and political inequality in the United States only continues to rise, Affluence and Influence raises important questions about whether American democracy is truly responding to the needs of all its citizens.

Mass Media And American Politics

Author: Doris A. Graber
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1506340245
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This comprehensive, trusted core text on media's impact on attitudes, behavior, elections, politics, and policymaking is known for its readable introduction to the literature and theory of the field. Mass Media and American Politics, Tenth Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect major structural changes that have shaken the world of political news, including the impact of the changing media landscape. It includes timely examples of the significance of these changes pulled from the 2016 election cycle. Written by Doris A. Graber—a scholar who has played an enormous role in establishing and shaping the field of mass media and American politics—and Johanna Dunaway, this book sets the standard.

Tides Of Consent

Author: James A. Stimson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107108179
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Tracking trends in American public opinion, this study examines moods of public policy over time. It argues that public opinion is decisive in American politics and identifies the citizens who produce influential change as a relatively small subset of the American electorate.