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Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats [Paperback]

Item : Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats [Paperback]
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Author Author : Grossmann, Matt, Hopkins, David A.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0190626607
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780190626600
Publisher Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages Pages : 416
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100048368

Why do Republican politicians promise to rein in government, only to face repeated rebellions from Republican voters and media critics for betraying their principles? Why do Democratic politicians propose an array of different policies to match the diversity of their supporters, only to become mired in stark demographic divisions over issue priorities? In short, why do the two parties act so differently-whether in the electorate, on the campaign trail, or in public office?

Asymmetric Politicsoffers 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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Two Different Kinds of Parties


Chapter 1: How Democrats and Republicans Think About Politics

Chapter 2: An Ideological Movement vs. A Social Group Coalition

Chapter 3: The Not-So-Great Debate

Chapter 4: Campaigning in Poetry and Prose

Chapter 5: Policymaking in Red and Blue


Conclusion: American Politics Out of Balance


References

Grossmann and Hopkins cite dozens of political scientists, from Robert Lane, Nelson Polsby, and Theodore Lowi to Larry Bartels, Morris Fiorina, and Daniel Galvin; borrow from other discipllp

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