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Description - Public Opinion by Susan Herbst

A survey text for undergraduate courses, this volume examines the history, meaning, and mechanics of public opinion, including its use in communicating with and persuading the public, and discusses the five major theories for understanding public opinion. The chapters are carefully constructed so as to introduce terms and concepts to the reader unfamiliar with the field. Recognizing that public opinion is an increasingly interdisciplinary field, this volume draws together authors from diverse fields, principally political science and communication studies. Public Opinion is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of public opinion formation and change. Here, the authors explore the nature of political and social attitudes in the United States and how these attitudes are shaped by various institutions, with an emphasis on mass media. The book draws on the wide range of scholarship in Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Communications in order to help undergraduates understand public opinion in America. The book surveys the public opinion field, but it also serves as a provocative starting point for the discussion of citizen moods, political participation, and vot

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813341729
ISBN-10: 0813341728
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Herbst

Carroll J. Glynn is professor and director of the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. Susan Herbst is Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York, Center at Albany. Garrett J. O'Keefe is professor of journalism at Colorado State University. Robert Y. Shapiro is professor of political science at Columbia University. Mark Lindeman is assistant professor of political science at Bard College.

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