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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.

Party Loyalties, Policy Preferences, and the Vote
Party loyalties, policy preferences, and the vote

Chapter 5 described the influence of social forces such as race, ethnicity, and social class on voting behavior. For example, African Americans do not vote Democratic simply because of their race; race and other social forces provide the context for electoral politics and thus influence how voters reach their decisions. Chapters 6 and 7 described the effects of issues and evaluations of the candidates on the vote. In 2008 reactions to issues such as abortion might have spurred voters to support John McCain, especially after he chose a running-mate who had demonstrated her opposition to abortion by carrying her pregnancy to term even though she knew her baby would have Down syndrome. ...

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