The Changing American Voter: Enlarged Edition (Harvard Paperbacks)

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In 1979, the authors of The Changing American Voter, the prize-winning book on electoral behavior, brought their study up-to-date with an analysis of the 1976 presidential election. By carefully analyzing national voting patterns, they give substantial meaning to statistics and figures. Professors Nie, Verba, and Petrocki show how the role of issues in 1976 voting seemed to be influenced by the political context of the campaign. In this respect the 1976 elections represented a reprise of earlier contests such as 1960. In other ways, such as the erosion of partisanship, 1976 resembled more recent elections. The authors use the 1976 election to test out their earlier analysis of the electorate. The American voter is not a new voter, this book shows, but a malleable one. The vote in 1976 illustrates the variable nature of mass behavior and attitudes.

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Sidney Verba is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University.

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The best of the current political science analyses. (Andrew M. Greeley New York Times Book Review)

One of the best treatments of political change yet to appear is The Changing American Voter...[The authors] describe, analyze and evaluate the changes which have taken place in the past 15 years. The electorate has both responded and contributed to the major political shifts of the `60s and `70s; The Changing American Voter shows how and why. The picture we are given is complex, intriguing, and often paradoxical. (Norman J. Ornstein Washington Post Book World)

As a study of issue voting and the changing environment which has nurtured it, The Changing American Voter has no peers. There is much more to this ambitious study, all of it imaginative, carefully analyzed, and clearly argued...An important and provocative book. (Everett C. Ladd, Jr. American Historical Review)

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