environments -- environments that have important consequences for their
responses to politics. But these environments are changing in important
ways, and only by returning the American voter to a personal sociopolitical setting can we begin to comprehend the consequences of these
We are currently working with Russell Dalton of the University of California
at Irvine on such a comprehensive study, focused on the 1992 presidential election.
Analysis of personal, organizational, and media influence in 40 sites across the United States and, more intensively, in one urban county, should shed substantial
light on the intermediation process in the United States. Comparison of the American case to companion studies in Germany, Britain, Spain, and Japan using the
same design should advance our study even further.
The percentage of organizational members who belong to more than one organization is probably higher. The GSS figures understate associational ties because they ignore funding support and multiple memberships within a particular
category ( Baumgartner and
This neighborhood measure is obtained by aggregating the approximately 95
survey responses within each neighborhood.
Among the exceptions are Lazarsfeld, Berelson, and Gaudet ( 1948), Berelson, Lazarsfeld, and McPhee ( 1954), and Katz and Lazarsfeld ( 1955) -- work conducted
well over four decades ago! -- and some limited analysis in Patterson ( 1980) and Beck and Crone ( 1990).
Other democratic nations appear to be headed in this direction as well, but
most of them still have powerful newspapers with national readerships which
play more or less partisan roles in politics.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Dynamics of American Politics:Approaches and Interpretations.
Contributors: Lawrence C. Dodd - Editor, Calvin Jillson - Editor.
Publisher: Westview Press.
Place of publication: Boulder, CO.
Publication year: 1994.
Page number: 276.
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