Red And Blue Nation?: Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics by Pietro S. NivolaRed And Blue Nation?: Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics by Pietro S. Nivola

Red And Blue Nation?: Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics

EditorPietro S. Nivola, David W. Brady

Paperback | December 7, 2006

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Analysts and pundits increasinglyperceive a widening gulf between "red states" and "blue states." Yet the research to supportthat perception is scattered and sometimes difficult to parse. America's polarized politics,it is said, poses fundamental dangers for democratic and accountable government. Heightenedpartisanship is thought to degrade deliberation in Congress and threaten the integrity ofother institutions, from the courts to the media. But, how deep do the country's politicaldivisions actually run? Are they truly wreaking havoc upon the social fabric? Has Americabecome a house divided? This important new book, Red and Blue Nation?, gets to the bottom ofthis perplexing issue. The first of two volumes cosponsored by Brookings and the HooverInstitution carefully considers the extent to which polarized views among political leadersand activists are reflected in the population at large. It pays particular attention tofactors such as the increased influence of religion and the changing nature of the media.The authors show that while the severity of the country's "culture wars" is oftenoverstated, significant fissures have opened. In Red and Blue Nation? leading journalistsand scholars combine their different insights to enrich our understanding of the issue,offering thoughtful analyses of the underlying problems. This comprehensive and accessiblediscussion of the polarization debate will be an essential resource for policymakers,scholars, and anyone interested in the health of American public discourse. Contributorsinclude Alan I. Abramowitz (Emory University), David W. Brady (Hoover Institution), PeterBeinart (The New Republic), Sarah A. Binder (Brookings Institution), James Campbell (StateUniversity of New York at Buffalo), Carl Cannon (National Journal), E.J. Dionne, Jr.(Brookings Institution), Gregg Easterbrook (Brookings Institution), Thomas B. Edsall(Washington Post), Morris P. Fiorina (Hoover Institution), William A. Galston (BrookingsInstitution), Hahrie C. Han (Wellesley College), Gary C. Jacobson (University of California,San Diego), Andrew Kohut (Pew Research Center for The People & The Press), MatthewLevendusky (Stanford University), Thomas E. Mann (Brookings Institution), Diana C. Mutz(University of Pennsylvania), Pietro S. Nivola (Brookings Institution), Tom Rosenstiel(Project for Excellence in Journalism), and Alan Wolfe (BostonCollege).

Pietro S. Nivola is a vice president of the Brookings Institution, where he is the director of Governance Studies. Among his previous books are Tense Commandments: Federal Prescriptions and City Problems (Brookings, 2002) and Agenda for the Nation, coedited with Henry J. Aaron and James M. Lindsay (Brookings, 2003). David W. Bra...
Title:Red And Blue Nation?: Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:317 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.83 inPublished:December 7, 2006Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815760833

ISBN - 13:9780815760832


Editorial Reviews

"A distinguished group of academicians,journalists and pollsters successfully combine the methodological rigor of political scienceresearch with the readability of first-rate journalism in the first volume ofRed and Blue Nation?." -Henry B. Sirgo, McNeese StateUniversity, American Review ofPolitics