First, let me explian why I give this text 3 stars. The book is written particularly for individuals within some aspect of the Political Science discipline. Therefore, its appeal, I believe, is not toward the mass public. Although not a text that mass quanities of the American public would flock to read that does not signify a bad book. Erikson, Wright, and McIver present a very intriguing thesis. In sum, they demonstrate a strong connection between public opinion and policy in American states. Simply, liberal states produces liberal policies and conservative states produce conservative policies. Their methods of obtaining data to conclude this fact is extremely interesting. For that reason I recommend the text to anyone intrigued by the study of public opinion or State Government. For example, they examine state-level opinions surveys toward issues like welfare, Medicaid and education and then examine the ideology of state polices on those specific issues. In return, the data demonstrated the stated thesis, for example, a strong conseravtive public attitude toward educational spending produced a conservative public policy. I thank the authors for the exhausative amount of information and evidence. This book is a good example of the way in which political research is to be completed.