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Political Disagreement: The Survival of Diverse Opinions Within Communication Networks (Cambridge Studies in Political Psychology and Public Opinion)

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Without the experience of disagreement, political communication among citizens loses value and meaning. At the same time, political disagreement and diversity do not always or inevitably survive. This book, accordingly, considers the compelling issue of the circumstances that sustain political diversity, even in politically high stimulus environments where individuals are attentive to politics and the frequency of communication among citizens is correspondingly high.

Synopsis:

Without the experience of disagreement, political communication among citizens loses value and meaning. At the same time, political disagreement and diversity do not always or inevitably survive. This book, accordingly, considers the compelling issue of the circumstances that sustain political diversity, even in politically high stimulus environments where individuals are attentive to politics and the frequency of communication among citizens is correspondingly high.

Synopsis:

The authors demonstrate the ubiquitous nature of political disagreement occurring among ordinary citizens.

About the Author

Robert Huckfeldt is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Davis. His interests lie in the areas of elections, public opinion, political communication, urban politics, and more generally in the relationships among groups and individuals in politics. He is the author of Dynamic Modeling (with Thomas Likens and Carol Weitzel Kohfeld; Politics in Context; Race and the Decline of Class in American Politics (with Carol Weitzel Kohfeld); and Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication (with John Sprague). He has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and to other journals as well.Paul Johnson has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Rationality and Society, The American Behavioral Scientist, and other journals. His articles include applications of game theory, social choice theory, and complexity theory. He currently has an avid interest in the development of tools for agent based modeling and computer simulation in the social sciences. He is the lead author of the Swarm User Guide, the manual that is distributed with the Swarm Simulation System. He is contributing to the development of Swarm and offers the Swarm FAQ as well as pre-packaged versions of Swarm for Linux users as well as several example programs.Professor Sprague has written on voting and elections, the history of socialist voting, voting patterns in the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers in politics, and crime including homicide. His academic career has been wholly at Washington University in St. Louis and he has been chair of the Department of Political Science there. He is the author of Voting Patterns on the U.S. Supreme Court; Lawyers in Politics (with Heinz Eulau); The Dynamics of Riots (with Barbara Salert); Systems Analysis for Social Scientists (with Fernando Cortez and Adam Prseworski); Paper Stones (with Adam Przeworski); and Citizens, Politics, and Social Communication (with Robert Huckfeldt). He has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, Political Methodology, Criminology, and other journals.

Table of Contents

1. Communication, influence, and the capacity of citizens to disagree; 2. New information, old information, and persistent disagreement; 3. Dyads, networks, and autoregressive influence; 4. Disagreement, heterogeneity, and the effectiveness of political communication; 5. Disagreement, heterogeneity, and persuasion: how does disagreement survive?; 6. Agent-based explanations, patterns of communication, and the inevitability of homogeneity; 7. Agent-based explanations, autoregressive influence, and the survival of disagreement; 8. Heterogeneous networks and citizen capacity: disagreement ambivalence, and engagement; 9. Summary, implications, and conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521834308
Author:
Huckfeldt, Robert
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Johnson, Paul E.
Author:
Chong, Dennis
Author:
Kuklinski, James H.
Author:
Sprague, John
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Communication in politics
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Political Psychology and Public Opinion
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 line diagrams 27 tables
Pages:
272

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"Synopsis" by , Without the experience of disagreement, political communication among citizens loses value and meaning. At the same time, political disagreement and diversity do not always or inevitably survive. This book, accordingly, considers the compelling issue of the circumstances that sustain political diversity, even in politically high stimulus environments where individuals are attentive to politics and the frequency of communication among citizens is correspondingly high.
"Synopsis" by , The authors demonstrate the ubiquitous nature of political disagreement occurring among ordinary citizens.
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