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The American Voter Revisited

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Michael S. Lewis-Beck is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His interests are comparative elections, election forecasting, political economy, and quantitative methodology. He has been designated the 4th most cited political scientist since 1940, in the field of methodology. Professor Lewis-Beck has authored or co-authored over 240 articles and books, including "Applied Regression: An Introduction", " Data Analysis: An Introduction, Economics and Elections: The Major Western Democracies, Forecasting Elections, The American Voter Revisited "and" French Presidential Elections". He has served as an Editor of the "American Journal of Political Science", the Sage "QASS" series (the green monographs) in quantitative methods and "The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods". Currently he is Associate Editor of "International Journal of Forecasting" and Associate Editor of "French Politics". In spring 2012, he held the position of Paul Lazersfeld University Professor at the University of Vienna. During the fall of 2012, he was Visiting Professor at Center for Citizenship and Democracy, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. In spring 2013, Professor Lewis-Beck was Visiting Scholar, Centennial Center, American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. During fall 2013, he served as Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. In spring, 2014, he was Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Goteborg, Sweden. For fall, 2014, he served as a Visiting Professor at LUISS University, Rome. At present, he is co-authoring a book on how Latin Americans vote.



Norpoth holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He has previously taught at the Universities of Texas, Arizona, and Cologne, Germany, as well as in the ECPR summer school on quantitative methods. He regularly assists the New York Times with its Election night analysis and has served as a polling analyst for the Foreign Policy Association.

William G. Jacoby is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.Professor Jacoby joined the MSU faculty in 2003. Previously, he held positions at the University of South Carolina, Ohio State University, and the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1983.Professor Jacoby's main professional interests are mass political behavior (public opinion, political attitudes, voting behavior) and quantitative methodology (measurement theory, scaling methods, statistical graphics, modern regression). His current research focuses on citizen ideology and belief system organization, value choices and their implications for subsequent political orientations, measuring policy priorities in the American states, the implications of measurement assumptions for statistical models, and graphical strategies for data analysis.Recently, Professor Jacoby has taught courses on public opinion, regression analysis, scaling methods, and statistical graphics.

I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio State University. My research and teaching interests include voting behavior, legislative behavior, and research methods, with a focus on survey research methods and scaling techniques.

Philip E. Converse is Robert Cooley Angell Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (May 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472050400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472050406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The American Voter" was a genuine classic in the study of voting behavior. Authored by Angus Campbell, Philip Converse, Warren Miller, and Donald Stokes, the focus of the book was on the factors affecting citizens' voting in the 1952 and 1956 elections. One great challenge was analyzing survey research data BEFORE the advent of computers. Contemporary statistical techniques were simply not fully available.

This book, in essence, replicates the approach of the original volume, with a focus on the 2000 and 2004 elections. Rather than using contemporary statistical approaches, hey adopt much the same analytical practices as the original volume.

They also adopt the metaphorical perspective of Campbell, Converse, Miller, and Stokes, the "funnel of causality." Background factors, such as social and demographic factors are the wide part of the funnel. Closer to the actual vote? Party identification. Then, contemporaneous with the campaign--issues of the day and the candidates themselves. Chapter by chapter, the researchers explore how these affect vote choices in 2000 and 2004. One clear funding--a key reason Democrats lost both elections is that voters didn't much like their two candidates--Al Gore and John Kerry.

The final substantive chapter considers the importance of voting for democracy. It could have been more data driven; as it stands it is rather theoretical and abstract. Finally, a discussion of the factors involved in the outcomes of the elections of 1952, 1956, 2000, and 2004. Both similarities and differences. A fascinating discussion that shows considerable continuity.

All in all, an excellent book, examining continuity and discontinuity between the 1950s and the 2000s.
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Lewis-Beck et al. do a excellent job of re-examining the questions raised by Campbell, Converse, Miller & Stokes nearly fifty years ago. The data the provide is timely and accessible for anyone with an undergraduate knowledge of statistics. I firmly believe this book will be one of the most important sources of information for anyone wanting to understand the nature of the American electorate in the twenty-first century for decades to come.
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Having witnessed first-hand the missing profundity of the average American voter (I'm being kind), the thought of paying $21 to read the details leaves me cold -- yes, even 21 worthless Federal Reserve Notes. Here, stick this needle in my eye. Take your time, and have fun doing it.
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