Significant adjustments in citizenship and democracy have taken position in Scandinavia in the final 20 years. Participation in traditional kinds of politics has declined markedly, and the power of associations reminiscent of political events and exchange unions to carry social mobility is being eroded. as a substitute, Scandinavians are turning in the direction of unmarried factor participation and 'small democracy' within the office or in public quarter carrier associations. The state of affairs is that of a 'spectator democracy' with engaged and unsleeping spectators who lack the long term political dedication to have interaction actively in 'big democracy'. additionally, Scandinavian citizenship is challenged via structural unemployment, european club, and immigration. This booklet bargains with the main points of those tactics and specifically how they've got affected political participation, identification and social polarization.
By Karen M. Kaufmann
Past due deciders opt for the challenger; turnout is helping the Democrats; the gender hole effects from a surge in Democratic choice between women--these and plenty of different myths are regular fare between usual voters, political pundits, or even a few teachers. yet are those traditional wisdoms--familiar to someone who watches Sunday morning speak shows--really valid?
Unconventional Wisdom bargains a unique but hugely available synthesis of what we all know approximately American citizens and elections. It not just offers an built-in evaluation of the valuable subject matters in American politics--parties, polarization, turnout, partisan bias, crusade results, swing electorate, the gender hole, and the adolescence vote--it upends a lot of our primary preconceptions. most significantly, it indicates that the yank citizens is far extra sturdy than we have now been resulted in think, and that the balloting styles we see this present day have deep roots in our background. all through, the publication offers complete details on balloting styles; illuminates (and corrects) well known myths approximately citizens and elections; and information the empirical foundations of traditional wisdoms that many comprehend poorly or in no way.
Written by means of 3 specialists on American politics, Unconventional Wisdom serves as either a regular reference and a concise evaluation of the topic. either informative and witty, the publication is probably going to turn into a customary paintings within the box, crucial examining for someone attracted to American politics.
By Mark E. Rush
Specialists on political illustration, balloting rights, and the election strategy debate the main pertinent problems with electoral reform and investigate them within the context of the Founders' imaginative and prescient of illustration and minority rights. Mark E. Rush and Richard L. Engstrom speak about the guarantees and pitfalls of electoral reform―specifically, the advantages of changing from the normal single-member district to a few kind of proportional illustration. The authors learn the shortcomings of the prevailing tools of elections (such as gerrymandering, low turnout, voter apathy, and underrepresentation of minorities and women), debate the benefits of changing to proportional illustration, ask even if it's going to handle the imperfections of the present method, and examine the level to which proportional illustration adheres to the Founders' (particularly Madison's) plan for illustration. With an creation by means of esteemed political scientist Bruce E. Cain, this is often a vital textual content for classes in vote casting rights and behaviour, elections, and American political inspiration.
Socialist Europe and progressive Russia: conception and Prejudice 1848-1923 analyses perceptions and photographs of Russia held by way of ecu socialists within the interval among the revolutions of 1848 and enterprise institution of the Soviet regime within the early Nineteen Twenties. Professor Naarden investigates intimately the occasionally pernicious impact of the age-old Western picture of Russia at the ideological outlook and activities of the biggest organised political move in Europe. while the historical past of socialism has been principally written from a countrywide standpoint, or inside a countrywide framework, this survey of a massive pan-European subject matter allows an alternate viewpoint on modern East-West family members, and on a variety of very important facets of nineteenth-century socialism, no longer least the strong function in its improvement of a couple of Russian writers, even if as protagonists or competitors.
By Edward Blum
The publication spotlight the real-world effects of the adjustments to part five of the vote casting Rights Act. Edward Blum attracts on public files, press bills, and broad own interviews with kingdom and native officers to bare the transformation of the VRA from a legislation keeping vote casting rights to a gerrymandering instrument used to extra the electoral customers of incumbent politicians of all races.
This booklet explains many of the ways that deteriorated socioeconomic stipulations (inequality specifically) and institutional boundaries (corruption, electoral exclusion, and a vulnerable rule of legislation, between others) have an effect on political balance in tremendous unequal constructing international locations, like Mexico, the place democracy isn't but totally consolidated.
By Michael J. Dubin
This reference paintings presents whole returns for the gubernatorial elections by means of nation and county for the interval 1776 to 1860. this data is nowhere else to be had in a single quantity, and masses of it's been pieced jointly via years of analysis of unique assets of many varieties. One part comprises the statewide returns by means of yr. the subsequent part, prepared alphabetically by means of country after which via yr, presents the election returns, besides each one candidate's identify, get together, variety of votes and percent of votes. Explanatory footnotes and resource details accompany the returns. Researchers conversant in Mr. Dubin's enormous paintings on Congressional elections (a Booklist "Editors' Choice") will comprehend the scope, aspect, accuracy and strong point of this new paintings.
By Kenneth J. Winkle
This e-book examines the influence of westward migration on political improvement and behaviour in Ohio, the main populous midwestern nation throughout the 19th century. Professor Winkle explores the impression of migration on ideas of suffrage, the behavior of elections, styles of balloting, recruitment of political leaders, and native occasion enterprises as all of them emerged ahead of the Civil warfare.
By David W. Moore
With a brand new afterword via the writer
Drawing on over a decade's adventure on the Gallup ballot and a individual educational profession in survey examine, David W. Moore—praised as a "scholarly crusader" by way of the New York Times—reveals that pollsters do not file public opinion, they manufacture it. during this hugely severe ebook, he describes the questionable strategies pollsters use to create poll-driven information stories-including force-feeding respondents, slanting the wording of questions, and ignoring public lack of know-how on even the main arcane concerns. greater than evidence that the numbers do lie, The Opinion Makers in actual fact and convincingly spells out how pressing it really is that we make polls carry on their promise to watch, now not control, the heart beat of democracy.
The 19th century used to be the heyday of livid rivalry among American political events, and Joel Silbey has recaptured the drama and substance of these battles in a consultant sampling of occasion pamphlets. Political events mapped the panorama of electoral and ideological war, developing photographs of themselves and in their adversaries that resonate and echo the elemental features of America's then reigning units of principles. the character of political controversy, in addition to the substance of politics, is embedded in those celebration records which either united and divided americans. in contrast to ultra-modern occasion structures, those pamphlets explicated actual matters and gave perception into the society at huge. Andrew Jackson's Democrats, Millard Fillmore's Whigs, Abraham Lincoln's Republicans, and different, lesser-known events are represented right here. The pamphlets reveal how, for this fifty-year interval, political events have been surrogates for American calls for and values. wide in scope, largely circulated, catalysts for heated debate over the many years, those pamphlets are very important records within the heritage of yankee politics.
In a great creation, Silbey teases out and elucidates the subjects every one occasion under pressure and took as its personal in its struggle for the soul of the nation.