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Broken Contract? : Changing Relationships Between Americans And Their Government - Stephen C. Craig

Broken Contract?

Changing Relationships Between Americans And Their Government

By: Stephen C. Craig (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th January 1996
ISBN: 9780813322636
Number Of Pages: 348

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In 1992, it was Bill Clinton's New Covenant. In 1994, it was the Republicans' Contract with America. In 1996, it is likely to be a whole new set of circumstances. Nonetheless, one theme will prevail: Citizens and their government distrust one another, and it will take major changes on both sides to restore confidence in the relationship."Broken Contract?" describes the elements of voter disaffection, party decline, mass mediation, social conflict, and government by referendum so prevalent in the politics of the 1990s. Original essays by leading scholars provide a unique perspective on what is happening today, how we arrived at this point, and what the future may hold if present trends continue. Highlights include innovative insights into the politics of disillusion along race, class, and gender lines; the "Perot people" of '92, where they went in '94 and will go in '96; and "talk-show democracy," from Larry King to Rush Limbaugh and the power of televangelism."Broken Contract?" is a volume with a finger on the pulse of the temperament of the times. It demonstrates, in an engaging and accessible fashion, that the Contract with America is neither the first nor the last bargain to be struck with the American public in an effort to mend its broken trust.

Change and the American Electoratep. 1
Notesp. 18
Attitudesp. 21
Looking at Leviathan: Dimensions of Opinion About Big Governmentp. 23
Notesp. 44
The Angry Voter: Politics and Popular Discontent in the 1990sp. 46
Notesp. 64
Economic Change and the Middle-Class Revolt Against the Democratic Partyp. 67
Notesp. 82
Involvementp. 85
The Sixth American Party System: Electoral Change, 1952-1992p. 87
Notesp. 107
Public Judgment and Political Engagement in the 1992 Electionp. 110
Notesp. 125
Who's Talking? Who's Listening? the New Politics of Radio Talk Showsp. 127
Notesp. 145
Citizens for Perot: Assessing Patterns of Alienation and Activismp. 147
Notesp. 164
Groupsp. 165
The Gender Gap: a Manifestation of Women's Dissatisfaction with the American Polity?p. 167
Notesp. 182
The Religious Vote in American Politics: Value Conflict, Continuity, and Changep. 183
Notesp. 205
The Social Contract in Black and White: Racial Differences in Evaluations of Governmentp. 208
Notesp. 224
Linkagep. 227
The Electoral Connection: Images of U.S. Senators and Representativesp. 229
Notesp. 249
From Ward Heelers to Public Relations Experts: the Parties' Response to Mass Politicsp. 251
Notesp. 266
Who's the Boss? Direct Democracy and Popular Control of Governmentp. 268
Notesp. 292
Appendix Wording of Survey Questionsp. 295
Referencesp. 301
About the Book and Editorp. 321
About the Contributorsp. 322
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780813322636
ISBN-10: 0813322634
Series: Transforming American Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 7th January 1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1