+612 9045 4394
Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion - Stephen C. Craig

Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion

By: Stephen C. Craig (Editor), Michael D. Martinez (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9781403965714
Number Of Pages: 196

Share This Book:


or 4 easy payments of $52.94 with Learn more
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

Other Available Editions (Hide)

  • Paperback View Product Published: 9th November 2015
    Ships in 7 to 10 business days

The study of political attitudes typically posits a straightforward either/or--either liberal or conservative, for example--across a variety of values. This tendency to categorize may be an artifact of given research methodologies, rather than reflecting real political opinions. When opinions vary across issues, and might even be in conflict, the result is ambivalence.

This book represents an important step in bringing together various strands of research about attitudinal ambivalence and public opinion. Essays by a distinguished group of political scientists and social psychologists provide a conceptual framework for understanding how ambivalence is currently understood and measured, as well as its relevance to the public's beliefs about our political institutions and national identity. The theoretical insights, methodological innovations, and empirical analyses will add substantially to our knowledge about the nature of ambivalence in particular, and the structure and evolution of political attitudes in general.

Industry Reviews

"Craig and Martinez have brought together a stellar cast to provide a state-of-the-art resource that summarizes the field and provides groundbreaking original studies on nearly all elements of ambivalence. This is a must-read for all public opinion scholars, but the theory and measurement issues raised would also help researchers in other fields conceptualize problems of duality." - Donald Haider-Markel, University of Kansas

"Ambivalence and the Structure of Public Opinion is a timely collection of the latest work on ambivalence, its theoretical meaning, its measurement, and its impact in politics. The collection explores ambivalence in issues (e.g., abortion), towards political institutions (such as Congress and the Courts), and in patriotism. Democratic politics is inevitably conflictual and so a focused consideration of ambivalence is of special value and this collection delivers a worthy array of thoughtful and empirically rich explorations of the ways in which inner conflict infuses politics." - George E. Marcus, Williams College

Pros and Cons
Ambivalence and Public Opinion
Ambivalence as Experienced Conflict
Ambivalence as Psychological Conflict
Ambivalence and Response Instability
Meta-Psychological Versus Operative Measures of Ambivalence: Differentiating the Consequences of Perceived Intra-Psychic Conflict and Real Intra-Psychic Conflict
Ambivalence toward Political Institutions
Patriotic to the Core? American Ambivalence about America
Is It Really Ambivalence? Public Opinion toward Government Spending
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781403965714
ISBN-10: 1403965714
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1