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Change and continuity in the 1996 and 1998 elections /
Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich, David W. Rohde.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c1999.
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xiv, 370 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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1568024746
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c1999.
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1568024746
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2877128
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-357) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
This volume is the latest in a series of election analyses by three political scientists (Abramson and Rohde from Michigan State, Aldrich from Duke) who provide an encyclopedic analysis of the electorate in the 1996 and 1998 elections. The authors adopt an admirably eclectic approach to voting behavior, relying on social group influences, opinions on issues, and the voters' retrospective judgment as prime factors in explaining the vote. Very few questions about how people decided whether to vote and then which candidates to support go unanswered. A concluding chapter prudently assesses the implications of these elections for the future of the parties. Outside of the areas of voting behavior and the party system, however, the study leaves the reader wanting more. Aside from the well-known incumbent advantages, there is little on campaign finance: virtually nothing on which interests supported which kinds of candidates, Republican congressional leaders' relations with political action committees, how Clinton's fund-raising practices in 1996 became a damaging campaign issue, or subsequent investigations into those practices. Nor is there any material on gubernatorial elections or on implications of the elections for matters outside the party system. Nevertheless, as an overview of voting behavior this book is strongly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. H. L. Reiter University of Connecticut
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Table of Contents
Tables and Figures
Preface
The 1996 Presidential Electionp. 1
The Nomination Strugglep. 11
The General Election Campaignp. 27
The Election Resultsp. 42
Voting Behavior in the 1996 Presidential Electionp. 61
Who Voted?p. 65
Social Forces and the Votep. 91
Candidates, Issues, and the Votep. 115
Presidential Performance and Candidate Choicep. 143
Party Loyalties, Policy Preferences, and the Votep. 164
The 1996 and 1998 Congressional Electionsp. 191
Candidates and Outcomes in 1996p. 197
The Congressional Electorate in 1996p. 235
The 1998 Congressional Electionsp. 249
The 1996 and 1998 Elections in Perspectivep. 275
The 1996 and 1998 Elections and the Future of American Politicsp. 279
Notesp. 293
Suggested Readingsp. 345
Indexp. 358
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