The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Paperback | February 13, 2012

EditorJan E. Leighley

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The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior offers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behavior. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments andchallenges, as well as incisive commentary on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, scholars of American politics. Substantively, the Handbook includes chapters focusing on various approaches and issues in research design, political participation, vote choice, presidential andnon-presidential elections, and issues, interests and elites as influences on individuals' political behaviour. Each of the chapters offers a working research bibliography, as well as retrospective evaluations of research and discussions of fruitful paths for future research.The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. EdwardsIII, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensablereference for anyone working in American politics.General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III

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The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior offers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behavior. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments andchallenges, as well as incisive commentary o...

Jan E. Leighley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona, has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly, among others. Her two books include Strength in Numbers? The Political Mobilization of Racial and Eth...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pagesPublished:February 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Jan E. Leighley: IntroductionPart II: Research Design2. Lonna Rae Atkeson: The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politics3. Josh Pasek and Jon A. Krosnick: Optimizing Survey Questionnaire Design in Political Science: Insights from Psychology4. Tiffany C. Davenport, Alan S. Gerber, and Donald P. Green: Field Experiments and the Study of Political Behavior5. John H. Aldrich and Arthur Lupia: Formal Modeling, Strategic Behavior, and the Study of American ElectionsPart III: Participation6. Michael D. Martinez: Why Is American Turnout So Low, and Why Should We Care?7. Michael P. McDonald: American Voter Turnout in Historical Perspective8. Fredrick Harris and Daniel Gillion: Expanding the Possibilities: Reconceptualizing Political Participation as a Tool Box9. Robert D. Brown: Voter Registration: Turnout, Representation, and Reform10. Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme: Early, Absentee, and Mail-In Voting11. Karen Mossberger and Caroline J. Tolbert: Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation12. R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall: Voting TechnologyPart IV: Vote Choice13. Larry M. Bartels: The Study of Electoral Behavior14. William G. Jacoby: The American Voter15. T.K. Ahn, Robert Huckfeldt, Alexander K. Mayer, and John B. Ryan: Politics, Expertise, and Interdependence within Electorates16. Maria Armoudian, Ann N Crigler: Constructing the Vote: Media Effects in a Constructionist Model17. Sunshine Hillygus: Campaign Effects on Vote Choice18. Thomas Holbrook: Forecasting U.S. Presidential ElectionsPart V: Interests, Self- and Otherwise19. Suzanna Linn, Jonathan Nagler, and Marco A. Morales: Economics, Elections and Voting Behavior20. John A. Garcia: Latinos and Political Behavior: Defining Community to Examine Critical Complexities21. Kira Sanbonmatsu: Organizing American Politics, Organizing Gender22. John C. Green: Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in U.S. Presidential ElectionsPart VI: Elections Other than Presidential23. Barry C. Burden and Amber Wichowsky: Local and National Forces in Congressional Elections24. Melissa J. Marschall: The Study of Local Elections in American Politics25. Laura Langer, Meghan Leonard and Andrea Polk: Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environment26. Barbara Norrander: Primary Elections27. Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan: Direct Democracy in the United StatesPart VII: Elites and Institutions28. Walter J. Stone and Matthew K. Buttice: Voters in Context: The Politics of Citizen Behavior29. Kenneth M. Goldstein and Matthew Holleque: Getting Up Off the Canvass: Rethinking the Study of Mobilization30. John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin: Parties, Elections, and Democratic Politics31. Peter L. Francia: Organized Interests: Evolution and Influence32. Lynda Powell and Clyde Wilcox: Money and American Elections33. Bernard Grofman and Thomas L. Brunell: Redistricting34. Mark N. Franklin and Till Weber: American Electoral Practices in Comparative PerspectivePart VIII: Reflections35. Jane Junn: On Participation: Individuals, Dynamic Categories, and the Context of Power36. Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich and David W. Rohde: Studying American Elections37. Patricia A. Hurley and Kim Quaile Hill: In Search of Representation Theory

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"The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a grandly ambitious undertaking. Success depends on coverage, scholarship, and editorial command. Measured by these standards, the Handbooks will be immensely valuable to the discipline. The right topics are analyzed by knowledgeable scholars andmanaged by experienced editors. A five-star project that will influence teaching and research for decades." --Professor Charles O. Jones, University of Wisconsin-Madison