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One of the first texts to make use of the 2008 National Election Study results, this new edition of Change and Continuity will put the momentous recent elections into historical context for your students.

Questions considered include: What were the impact of race and gender in this election cycle? How did fundraising during the invisible primary shape the nomination contest? To what extent did youth participation determine the outcome of the election? What effect did new media have on the campaign and voter turnout? What role did the economic crisis play in voters choices? Was 2008 a year for partisan realignment of the electorate?

This well-respected author team delves deeply into each area, armed with an array of thorough, yet student-friendly data, graphics, and figures. As with all books in the Change and Continuity series, the authors present election data from a variety of sources in a straightforward, accessible manner and make sure to incorporate and discuss the most recent research.

Who Voted?
Who voted?

Before looking at how people voted in the 2008 presidential election, we must answer an even more basic question: who voted? Turnout is lower in the United States than in any other first-world democracy, with the possible exception of Switzerland. In Table 4-1, we present estimates of postwar turnout in twenty-five democracies, including the United States. Because the International Voter Turnout Database measures turnout by dividing the number of voters by the number of people registered to vote, it is of little use for the United States. In the other countries, the government is responsible for maintaining the registration rolls, whereas in the United States individual citizens are responsible for registering. Therefore, we determined turnout in the United States by dividing the ...

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