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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.

Candidates, Issues, and the Vote
Candidates, issues, and the vote

In Chapter 5 we discussed the relationship between social forces and the vote. The impact of these forces is indirect. Even though the New Deal coalition was constructed of members of different groups, the people who belonged to them did not vote Democratic simply because they were African Americans, white southerners, union members, Catholics, or Jews. Rather, they usually voted Democratic because that party offered symbolic and substantive policies and candidates that appealed to the concerns of members of these groups, and because the party's platforms and candidates were consistent, encouraging many voters to develop long-term partisan loyalties. Today, the long-term decline in class voting, for example, is evidence of the decreasing importance members of the ...

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