There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.

Economic Policy

Economic policy
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)
  • Federal Budget
  • National Debt
  • Tax Rates and Breaks
  • Income Inequality
  • Labor Unions
  • Minimum Wages
  • Unemployment

From Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 Riverside Church speech about the Vietnam War to then-representative Mike Pence’s 2009 op-ed in Townhall arguing that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, leaders have long explicitly tied the federal budget and economy to the underlying political values, morals, and priorities of the nation. Economic conditions are often used to provide evidence for the United States’ relative strength or weakness compared to other countries in the world. Political strategists recognize the importance of economic conditions in swaying voters toward their candidates, as when James Carville famously pegged Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign around the mantra “It’s the economy, stupid.” How do we measure, ...

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