Public Opinion.

This book offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of how public opinion is formed and charged, as well as how it affects democratic society.

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Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator: Glynn, Carroll J.
Other Authors / Creators:Herbst, Susan.
Lindeman, Mark.
O'Keefe, Garrett J.
Shapiro, Robert Y.
Format: eBook Electronic
Edition:3rd ed.
Imprint: New York : Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Local Note:Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2022. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Illustrations and Boxes
  • Preface
  • 1 The Meanings of Public Opinion
  • Why Study Public Opinion?
  • The Meaning of Public Opinion
  • Dimensions of Public Opinion
  • Which Meaning of Public Opinion Is Best?
  • 2 The History of Public Opinion
  • Why Does History Matter?
  • Pre-Enlightenment Philosophies of Public Opinion
  • Public Opinion in the Age of Revolution
  • Public Opinion Theories: The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
  • The Social History of Public Opinion: Expression and Measurement
  • Pre-nineteenth-century Opinion Communication Techniques
  • 3 Methods for Studying Public Opinion
  • Survey Research: Aggregating Individual Opinions
  • Focus Groups: Using Group Dynamics to Measure Public Opinion
  • Experimental Methods and Opinion Research
  • Content Analysis of Mass Media: "Archives" of Public Opinion
  • Conclusion
  • 4 Public Opinion and Democratic Theory
  • Why Theories?
  • Meanings and Mechanisms of Democracy
  • Normative Theories of Democracy and the Problem of Democratic Competence
  • Empirical Theories of Public Opinion and Policy
  • Elements of Democratic Competence
  • Conclusion
  • 5 Psychological Perspectives on Public Opinion
  • Speaking the Language: Beliefs, Values, Attitudes, and Opinions
  • Early Theories of Attitude Formation and Change: The Legacies of Behaviorism
  • Cognitive Processing: What Happens When People Think
  • Consistency and Judgmental Theories: Attitudes Come in Packages
  • Motivational Theories: Same Attitude, Different Reason
  • Links Between Attitudes and Behavior: What People Think and What They Do
  • Emotions and Attitudes
  • Conclusion
  • 6 Stereotyping, Social Norms, and Public Opinion
  • Attribution Theory
  • Stereotyping.
  • Social Norms
  • Sociological Accounts of Opinion: Traces of In-Group Conformity?
  • Conclusion
  • 7 Perception and Opinion Formation
  • The Limits of Perception
  • Perception and Opinion: Socialization and Social Comparison
  • Perception and Public Opinion Formation
  • Public Opinion as a Social Process
  • Conclusion and Implications for the Future
  • 8 Economic Approaches
  • Induction and Deduction
  • Economic Explanations and Rational Choice Perspectives
  • Rational Choice and Psychology
  • Conclusion
  • 9 Content and Conflict in Public Opinion
  • The Public's Level of Political Knowledge
  • American Public Opinion: Consensus and Contestation
  • Understanding American Attitudes about Race
  • Conclusion
  • 10 Public Opinion and Policymaking
  • Constraint, Impulsion, or Irrelevance?
  • Testing Policy Responsiveness
  • Changes and Variations in Responsiveness to Public Opinion
  • Is Government Responsiveness to Public Opinion Democratic?
  • Conclusion
  • 11 Mass Media, Campaigning, and the Public
  • Communication, Mass Media, and Public Opinion: Early Development and Perspectives
  • Who Decides What the Media Present?
  • The Effects of Mass Media on Public Opinion
  • Reconsiderations of Media Effects
  • Campaigning and Opinion Change
  • Election Campaigns
  • Conclusion: How Well Do the Media Serve Public Opinion?
  • 12 Looking Ahead
  • Index.