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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Elections in America

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September 2016 | 125 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with American Academy of Political and Social Science

Divisive party politics, unconventional campaigning, shifting and unpredictable voting behavior, and electoral accountability mark this election cycle, and our nation’s leading political scholars weigh in on key features of the 2016 election in the latest issue of The ANNALS.  They study America’s dynamic sociopolitical scene in a historic election, explaining how racial and demographic change is affecting presidential politics, the nature of populism, and the impact of political campaigning.

 Distinguished political scientists look at the nature of the ideological cleavages within the Democratic and Republican parties, the role of populism in the rise of Donald Trump, and the political legacy of Barack Obama. They also situate the 2016 election in the broader landscape of American politics, elucidating the relationship between elections and government and the prospects for major shifts in the American party system. Along the way, they challenge popular beliefs about the impact of campaigning, the electoral cost of ideological extremity, the responsiveness of candidates to their partisan bases, and the relationship between national and local elections.


Larry M. Bartels
Introduction: Elections in America
John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck
The Electoral Landscape of 2016
Gary C. Jacobson
The Obama Legacy and the Future of Partisan Conflict: Demographic Change and Generational Imprinting
Julia Azari and Marc J. Hetherington
Back to the Future? What the Politics of the Late-Nineteenth Century Can Tell Us About the 2016 Election
Thomas Wood
What the Heck Are We Doing in Ottumwa, Anyway? Presidential Candidate Visits and Their Political Consequence
Martin Cohen, Mary C. McGrath, Peter Aronow, and John Zaller
Ideologically Extreme Candidates in U.S. Presidential Elections, 1948¬–2012
Larry M. Bartels
Failure to Converge: Presidential Candidates, Core Partisans, and the Missing Middle in American Electoral Politics
Hans Noel
Ideological Factions in the Republican and Democratic Parties
J. Eric Oliver and Wendy M. Rahn
Rise of the Trumpenvolk: Populism in the 2016 Election
Steven Rogers
National Forces in State Legislative Elections
Gary C. Jacobson
Polarization, Gridlock, and Presidential Campaign Politics in 2016

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