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Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology : The Macro Polity - Robert S. Erikson

Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology

The Macro Polity

Paperback Published: 7th May 2002
ISBN: 9780521564854
Number Of Pages: 496

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The Macro Polity provides the first comprehensive model of American politics at the system level. Focusing on the interactions between citizen evaluations and preferences, government activity and policy, and how the combined acts of citizens and governments influence one another over time, it integrates understandings of matters such as economic outcomes, presidential approval, partisanship, elections, and government policy-making into a single model. Borrowing from the perspective of macroeconomics, it treats electorates, politicians, and governments as unitary actors, making decisions in response to the behavior of other actors. The macro and longitudinal focus makes it possible to directly connect the behaviors of electorate and government. The surprise of macro-level analysis, emerging anew in every chapter, is that order and rationality dominate explanations. This book argues that the electorates and governments that emerge from these analyses respond to one another in orderly and predictable ways.

'... the book offers a major intervention in the debate about how best to conceptualize the link between micro and macro political trends.' Journal of Public Policy '... a much more interesting approach than we often tread in other books on political systems. furthermore, its implication that the public mood does matter in politics and that we cannot dispose if it as uninteresting opinions of uninformed nitwits, or even the bellyaching of quarrelsome persons, as we hear too often, gives hope for theories and research into democratic systems.' Acta Politica

List of figures and tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
A model of the macro polity
Performance
Presidential approval
Presidential approval, the economy, and the future
Macro partisanship: the permanent memory of party performance
The group composition of macropartisan trends
Policy
Public opinion
Elections
Public opinion and policy-making
A governing system: laws and public opinion
American Politics as a System
The macropolitical system
The macro polity and democratic performance
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521564854
ISBN-10: 0521564859
Series: Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 7th May 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.66