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Disconnect : the breakdown of representation in American politics /
Morris P. Fiorina ; with Samuel J. Abrams.
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2011, c2009.
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xxi, 249 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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0806142286 (Paper), 9780806142289 (Paper)
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2011, c2009.
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0806142286 (Paper)
9780806142289 (Paper)
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9085965
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Morris P. Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Samuel J. Abrams is a Fellow at the Hamilton Center for Political Economy, New York University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-06-01:
Fiorina (Stanford Univ.) has a knack for taking an analytical scalpel to the most prominent research puzzles in US politics. Carefully slicing away the sinew, he exposes the most important structural features of the important questions that he chooses to examine. With several classic books under his belt, Fiorina once again delivers an important contribution to the field. In Culture War? (2004), he demonstrated that US voters are less ideologically polarized than they are characterized to be in contemporary accounts of US politics. In Disconnect Fiorina extends his previous work to address the causes and implications of a moderate electorate represented by a highly ideologically polarized "political class." In his characteristically analytical style, he posits a number of potential causes, addressing how institutional and social changes and the increasing importance of suburbs and single-interest groups in US politics may (or may not) have contributed to the polarization of representatives. Fiorina makes use of political history and personal anecdotes, producing a book that is both highly readable and first-rate political science. If past is prologue, Fiorina has once again defined research for another generation of political scientists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. S. Q. Kelly California State University Channel Islands
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“An important contribution to a lively public and scholarly debate about the extent, sources, and consequences of polarization in contemporary American politics.”- Political Science Quarterly
"First-rate political science. . . . Fiorina has once again defined research for another generation of political scientists. Highly recommended."- Choice
“First-rate political science. . . . Fiorina has once again defined research for another generation of political scientists. Highly recommended.”- Choice
"An important contribution to a lively public and scholarly debate about the extent, sources, and consequences of polarization in contemporary American politics."- Political Science Quarterly
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Main Description
Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? Morris P. Fiorina here examines today's party system to reassess arguments about party polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate. Building on the arguments of Fiorina's acclaimed Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, this book explains how contemporary politics differs from that of previous eras and considers what might be done to overcome the unproductive politics of recent decades. Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative "political class" and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate; how politicians' rhetoric and activities reflect hot-button issues that are not public priorities; and how politicians' dogmatic, divisive, and uncivil style of "debate" contrasts with the more civil discourse of ordinary Americans, who tend to be more polite and open to compromise than their leaders. Disconnectdepicts politicians out of touch with the larger public, distorting issues and information to appeal to narrow interest groups. It can help readers better understand the political divide between leaders and the American public-and help steer a course for change.
Main Description
Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? Morris P. Fiorina here examines today’s party system to reassess arguments about party polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate. Building on the arguments of Fiorina’s acclaimed Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, this book explains how contemporary politics differs from that of previous eras and considers what might be done to overcome the unproductive politics of recent decades. Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative “political class” and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate; how politicians’ rhetoric and activities reflect hot-button issues that are not public priorities; and how politicians’ dogmatic, divisive, and uncivil style of “debate” contrasts with the more civil discourse of ordinary Americans, who tend to be more polite and open to compromise than their leaders. Disconnectdepicts politicians out of touch with the larger public, distorting issues and information to appeal to narrow interest groups. It can help readers better understand the political divide between leaders and the American public-and help steer a course for change.
Main Description
Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? In Disconnect, Morris P. Fiorina examines today's party system to reassess arguments about political polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate.Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative "political class" and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate. Disconnect helps readers better understand the political divide between leaders and the American public-and helps steer a course for change.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Disconnect in Political Positionsp. 3
Disconnects in Priorities, Certainty, and Stylep. 24
Popular Misconceptions of Polarizationp. 49
Institutional Contributors to the Disconnectp. 75
Social Change and Party Sortingp. 99
Suburbs, New Interest Groups, and Political Adaptationp. 122
The Disconnect: How Unusual? How Bad?p. 139
Reconnecting the People and Their Governmentp. 162
Epiloguep. 184
Appendix: Problems in Measuring Legislative Polarizationp. 193
Notesp. 197
Indexp. 237
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