Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 June 2008

272 Pages | 45 b/w line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195366846

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Unconventional Wisdom

Facts and Myths About American Voters

Karen M. Kaufmann, John R. Petrocik, and Daron R. Shaw

Unconventional Wisdom offers a novel yet highly accessible synthesis of what we know about American voters and elections. It not only provides an integrated overview of the central themes in American politics--parties, polarization, turnout, partisan bias, campaign effects, swing voters, the gender gap, and the youth vote--but it also upends many of our fundamental preconceptions. Most importantly, it shows that the American electorate is much more stable than we have been led to believe, and that the voting patterns we see today have deep roots in our history. Throughout, the book provides comprehensive information on voting patterns; illuminates--and corrects--popular myths about voters and elections; and details the empirical foundations of conventional wisdoms that many understand poorly or not at all. It is essential reading for anyone interested in American politics.


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