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Citizens, Politics and Social Communication
Information and Influence in an Election Campaign


Part of Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030441

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  • Democratic politics is a collective enterprise, not simply because individual votes are counted to determine winners, but more fundamentally because the individual exercise of citizenship is an interdependent undertaking. Citizens argue with one another and they generally arrive at political decisions through processes of social interaction and deliberation. This book is dedicated to investigating the political implications of interdependent citizens within the context of the 1984 presidential campaign as it was experienced in the metropolitan area of South Bend, Indiana. Hence this is a community study in the fullest sense of the term. National politics is experienced locally through a series of filters unique to a particular setting and its consequences for the exercise of democratic citizenship.

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030441
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Democratic Politics and Social Communication:
    1. The multiple levels of democratic politics
    2. A research strategy for studying electoral politics
    Part II. Electoral Dynamics and Social Communication:
    3. The social dynamics of political preference
    4. Durability, volatility and social influence
    5. Social dynamics in an election campaign
    Part III. Networks, Political Discussants, and Social Communication:
    6. Political discussion in an election campaign
    7. Networks in context: The social flow of political information
    8. Choice, social structure, and the informational coercion of minorities
    9. Discussant effects on vote choice: Intimacy, structure, and interdependence
    10. Gender effects on political discussion: The political networks of men and women
    Part IV. The Organizational Locus of Social Communication:
    11. One-party politics and the voter revisited: strategic and behavioral bases of partisanship
    12. Political parties and electoral mobilization: political structure, social structure, and the party canvass
    13. Alternative contexts of political preference
    14. Political consequences of interdependent citizens

  • Authors

    R. Robert Huckfeldt

    John Sprague


    Stanley Feldman

    General Editors

    James H. Kuklinski

    Robert S. Wyer

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