Statehouse Democracy by Robert S. Erikson
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Statehouse Democracy
By Robert S. Erikson

Statehouse Democracy

Public Opinion and Policy in the American States

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Statehouse Democracy by Robert S. Erikson

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  • Winner of American Political Science Association State Politics and Policy Section Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Book Award 2014.

Book Description

The importance of public opinion in the determination of public policy is the subject of considerable debate. Whether discussion centres on local, state or national affairs, the influence of the opinions of ordinary citizens is often assumed yet rarely demonstrated. Other factors such as interest group lobbying, party politics and developmental, or environmental, constraints have been thought to have the greater influence over policy decisions. Professors Erikson, Wright and McIver make the argument that state policies are highly responsive to public opinion, and they show how the institutions of state politics work to achieve this high level of responsiveness. They analyse state policies from the 1930s to the present, drawing from, and contributing to, major lines of research on American politics. Their conclusions are applied to central questions of democratic theory and affirm the robust character of the state institution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521413497
ISBN-10: 0521413494
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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American Public Opinion by Robert S. Erikson American Public Opinion, Paperback (July 2014)

Previously published: Boston: Longman, c2011.

Timeline of Presidential Elections by Robert S. Erikson Timeline of Presidential Elections, Paperback (October 2012)

With the 2012 presidential election upon us, will voters cast their ballots for the candidates whose platforms and positions best match their own? Or will the race for the next president of the United States come down largely to who runs the most effective campaigning? This book reveals how both factors come into play.

Macro Polity by Robert S. Erikson Macro Polity, Paperback (January 2002)

The Macro Polity, first published in 2002, provides a comprehensive model of American politics at the system level.

Statehouse Democracy by Robert S. Erikson Statehouse Democracy, Paperback (January 1994)

The authors demonstrate that state policies are highly responsive to public opinion through the analysis of state policies from the 1930s to the present.

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