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Published: 05 November 2015

176 Pages


ISBN: 9780199314171

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Historic Firsts

How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics

Evelyn M. Simien

  • Argues that historic firsts change the nature of political representation, especially when the identity of the candidate serves a priming influence and affirms an ego-enhancing relationship with voters
  • Draws upon a rich array of scholarly sources, from campaign speeches and advertising to voter turnout reports, and national telephone surveys
  • Uses statistical analysis to emphasize not only how, but why individuals participate in American elections

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