Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the American Public (Chicago Studies in American Politics) | Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior) | Democracy for Realists | The Politics of Resentment | Insecure Majorities | Why Parties? | The Party Decides
Asymmetric Politics offers a comprehensive explanation: The Republican Party is the vehicle of an ideological movement while the Democratic Party is a coalition of social groups. Republican leaders prize conservatism and attract support by pledging loyalty to broad values. Democratic leaders instead seek concrete government action, appealing to voters' group identities and interests by endorsing specific policies.
This fresh and comprehensive investigation reveals how Democrats and Republicans think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, argue past one another, and pursue divergent goals in government. It provides a rigorous new understanding of contemporary polarization and governing dysfunction while demonstrating how longstanding features of American politics and public policy reflect our asymmetric party system.
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