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Choices in a Chaotic Campaign

Kim L. Fridkin

In Choices in a Chaotic Campaign, Kim Fridkin and Patrick Kenney explore the dynamic nature of citizens' beliefs and behaviors in response to the historic 2020 presidential campaign. In today's political environment where citizens can effortlessly gather information, it is important to move beyond standard political characteristics and consider the impact of pre-existing psychological predispositions. Fridkin and Kenney argue these predispositions influence assessments of campaign events and issues, and ultimately alter citizens' voting decisions. The book relies on data from an original three-wave panel study of over 4,000 people interviewed in September, October, and immediately after Election Day in November 2020. The timing of the surveys provides the analytical leverage to explore how views of the campaign alter citizens' impressions of the candidates. The book demonstrates that expanding the relevant citizen characteristics to include psychological predispositions increases our ability to understand how campaigns influence voters' decisions at the ballot box.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: May 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 278
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.58in - 0.83lb
  • EAN: 9781009445870
  • Categories: American Government - General

About the Author

Fridkin, Kim L.: - Kim L. Fridkin is a Foundation Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. With Patrick J. Kenney, she is the author of Taking Aim at Attack Advertising (2019) and The Changing Face of Representation: The Gender of US Senators and Constituent Communications (2014).
Kenney, Patrick J.: - Patrick J. Kenney is Foundation Professor of Political Science and an Executive Vice Provost at Arizona State University. With Kim L. Fridkin, he is the author of Taking Aim at Attack Advertising (2019) and The Changing Face of Representation: The Gender of US Senators and Constituent Communications (2014).

Praise for this book

'Fridkin and Kenney's theory of citizen-centered campaigns provides a new lens of individual psychological predispositions alongside traditional political factors that results in a unique understanding of the chaotic and polarized election landscape of 2020, an election that has changed the trajectory of American politics.' Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University

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