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Polarized : Making Sense of a Divided America (Hardcover) (James E. Campbell)

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The author traces how American political parties became polarized due to party realignment and the increased polarization of the public, and considers the consequences for the political system. He outlines what is known and not known about political polarization, historical and intellectual background on the current debate about it, and the major points of his argument: what direct and circumstantial evidence reveals, the extent of polarization in the electorate, the reason why parties are polarized, the masking of polarization by the pre-realigned ideologically heterogeneous parties, and the revelation of polarization by them. He considers the evidence of polarization in the electorate in terms of ideological orientations, issue preferences, and circumstantial behavioral evidence; why polarization of the political parties occurred due to the increased polarization of the public and a realignment of the parties since the 1950s; the debate about asymmetrical polarization; why the parties are polarized at all; and why the electorate is polarized, the basis of political differences in the electorate, and whether democracy creates polarization, as well as its consequences and what can be done about them. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 313
Genre: Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: James E. Campbell
Language: English
Street Date: July 26, 2016
TCIN: 51529045
UPC: 9780691172163
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-6131
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