Social Structure and Voting in the United States

Authors: Smith, Robert B.

  • Sheds light on the changing role of political ideology in an increasingly complex American society
  • Provides valuable insights into which variables are crucial and how they have changed
  • Clarifies notions of party alignments, liberalism and conservatism, independent voting, and the radical right
  • Examines the intertwining of religious doctrine and sentiments about the possession and use of guns
  • Offers suggestions that may ameliorate dysfunctional consequences
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This book analyzes practical and moral influences on voting decisions. Undermining the widespread assumption that economic self-interest is the key determinant of voting choices, it discovers that moral considerations rooted in religious traditions are often the more decisive. This finding is confirmed through a close analysis of tangible problems, such as child neglect and crime, problems which one would expect to trouble practical voters. Further, this book suggests that political ideologies influence party affiliation, rather than the other way around. It defines four categories of states in terms of human development and income equality—South, Heartland, postindustrial, and “balanced.”   It then explains why political color (red, purple, or blue) and societal problems vary across these categories.  Voters’ moral ideologies, it shows, combine with a state’s measure of income equality and human development to shape a state’s readiness to pursue practical solutions to societal problems. Finally, it shows that moral ideologies of the religious right and authoritarianism, two very different concepts, are in fact intertwined empirically This book thus suggests that education—a key driver of human development, anti-authoritarianism, and deliberative voting—should begin in preschools that are both nurturant and instructive.

About the authors

Robert B. Smith (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1971) taught political sociology, research methods, and theory development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research there focused on war, public opinion, and dissent; generalizations of path analysis; and theoretical modeling. Subsequently, he has worked extensively in applied research. His publications include articles on political and social processes, and on multilevel models bearing on human development. He is the primary editor of the three volumes of the A Handbook of Social Science Methods, which link qualitative and quantitative methods. He is the author of Cumulative Social Inquiry: Transforming Novelty into Innovation (2008) and Multilevel Modeling of Social Problems: A Causal Perspective (2011). Smith was a Fulbright lecturer in structural sociology at Ghent University, Belgium, and he has served as president of the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association. His email address is rsmithphd@comcast.net

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smith, Robert B.

    Pages 1-19

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  • Voters for Obama

    Smith, Robert B.

    Pages 23-48

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  • Variables of Practical Voting

    Smith, Robert B.

    Pages 49-85

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  • Models of Practical Voting

    Smith, Robert B.

    Pages 87-124

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  • Postindustrial Indicators, Human Development, and Red–Purple–Blue States

    Smith, Robert B.

    Pages 127-151

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eBook 91,62 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Structure and Voting in the United States
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7487-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7487-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7485-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 399
Number of Illustrations and Tables
57 illustrations in colour
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