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Author Ellis, Christopher, 1978-
Title Ideology in America / Christopher Ellis, James A. Stimson.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Author Ellis, Christopher, 1978-
Subject Ideology -- United States.
Conservatism -- United States.
Liberalism -- United States.
Social conflict -- United States.
Divided government -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Americans -- Attitudes.
United States -- Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Alt Name Stimson, James A.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 206 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-201) and index.
Contents 1. The meaning of ideology in America -- 2. Operational ideology: preferences data -- 3. Operational ideology: the estimates -- 4. Ideological self-identification -- 5. The operational-symbolic disconnect -- 6. Conservatism as social and religious identity -- 7. Conflicted conservatism -- 8. Ideology and American political outcomes.
Summary "Public opinion in the United States contains a paradox. The American public is symbolically conservative: it cherishes the symbols of conservatism and is more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal. Yet at the same time, it is operationally liberal, wanting government to do and spend more to solve a variety of social problems. This book focuses on understanding this contradiction. It argues that both facets of public opinion are real and lasting, not artifacts of the survey context or isolated to particular points in time. By exploring the ideological attitudes of the American public as a whole, and the seemingly conflicted choices of individual citizens, it explains the foundations of this paradox. The keys to understanding this large-scale contradiction, and to thinking about its consequences, are found in Americans' attitudes with respect to religion and culture and in the frames in which elite actors describe policy issues"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139380270 (electronic bk.)
1139380273 (electronic bk.)
9781139094009 (electronic bk.)
1139094009 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 7037728
OCLC # 794670400
Additional Format Print version: Ellis, Christopher, 1978- Ideology in America. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9781107019034 (DLC) 2011035572 (OCoLC)748286992

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