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Author Ellis, Christopher, 1978-

Title Ideology in America / Christopher Ellis, James A. Stimson
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 206 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The meaning of ideology in America -- 2. Operational ideology: preferences data -- 3. Operational ideology: the estimates -- 4. Ideological self-identification -- 5. The operational-symbolic disconnect -- 6. Conservatism as social and religious identity -- 7. Conflicted conservatism -- 8. Ideology and American political outcomes
Summary "Public opinion in the United States contains a paradox. The American public is symbolically conservative: it cherishes the symbols of conservatism and is more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal. Yet at the same time, it is operationally liberal, wanting government to do and spend more to solve a variety of social problems. This book focuses on understanding this contradiction. It argues that both facets of public opinion are real and lasting, not artifacts of the survey context or isolated to particular points in time. By exploring the ideological attitudes of the American public as a whole, and the seemingly conflicted choices of individual citizens, it explains the foundations of this paradox. The keys to understanding this large-scale contradiction, and to thinking about its consequences, are found in Americans' attitudes with respect to religion and culture and in the frames in which elite actors describe policy issues"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-201) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Americans -- Attitudes.
Conservatism -- United States.
Divided government -- United States.
Ideology -- United States.
Liberalism -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Social conflict -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Form Electronic book
Author Stimson, James A.
LC no. 2011035572
ISBN 1139094009 (electronic bk.)
1139375989
1139380273 (electronic bk.)
9781139094009 (electronic bk.)
9781139375986
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