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Change and Continuity in the 2016 and 2018 Elections

Change and Continuity in the 2016 and 2018 Elections

First Edition

July 2019 | 528 pages | CQ Press
Since its first edition in 1980, Change and Continuity has been known for offering the best analysis and explanation of voting behavior in the most recent election and setting those results in the context of larger trends and patterns in elections studies. This top-notch author team meticulously and accessibly explains the National Election Studies data and analyzes its importance and impact. Known for its current scholarship and excellent use and display of data, the text covers the most recent presidential and Congressional elections, voter turnout, and the social forces, party loyalties, and prominent issues that affect voting behavior. The 2016 and 2018 Edition will include new material on the congressional elections 2018 and an updated conclusion reflecting on what those results mean for the future of American politics.  

Tables and Figures
About the Authors
Change and Continuity

Voters and the Act of Voting

Survey Research Sampling

Plan of the Book

CHAPTER 1 • The Nomination Struggle
Who Ran

The Rules of the Nomination System

Strategy and the Candidates’ Campaigns in 2016: The Electoral Setting and How the Candidates Won Their Nominations

CHAPTER 2 • The General Election Campaign
The Strategic Context and Candidates’ Choices

Political Context, Overall Strategy, and Opening Moves

From the Conventions to the Debates

The End Game and the Struggle over Turnout

Did the Campaign Make a Difference?

CHAPTER 3 • The Election Results
The Election Rules

The Pattern of Results

State-by-State Results

Electoral Change in the Postwar South

The Electoral Vote Balance

CHAPTER 4 • Who Voted?
Voter Turnout, 1789–1916

Voter Turnout, 1920–2016

Voter Turnout among Social Groups

Changes in Turnout after 1960

Election-Specific Factors

Does Low Voter Turnout Matter?

CHAPTER 5 • Social Forces and the Vote
How Social Groups Voted in 2016

How Social Groups Voted during the Postwar Years

Why the New Deal Coalition Broke Down

CHAPTER 6 • Candidates, Issues, and the Vote
Attitudes toward the Candidates

Prospective Evaluations

Issue Positions and Perceptions

Issue Voting Criteria

Apparent Issue Voting in 2016


CHAPTER 7 • Presidential Performance and Candidate Choice
What Is Retrospective Voting?

Evaluations of Government Performance on Important Problems

Economic Evaluations and the Vote for the Incumbent

Foreign Policy Evaluations and the Vote for the Incumbent

Evaluations of the Incumbent

The Impact of Retrospective Evaluations


CHAPTER 8 • Party Loyalties, Policy Preferences, and the Vote
Party Identification as Loyalty: The Original View

Party Identification as Retrospective Evaluation: An Alternative View

Party Identification, Polarization, and Identity: A Synthesis?

Party Identification in the Electorate

Hispanic Partisanship in 2008, 2012, and 2016

Party Identification and the Vote

Policy Preferences and Performance Evaluations


CHAPTER 9 • Candidates and Outcomes in 2016
Election Outcomes in 2016

Candidates’ Resources and Election Outcomes

The 2016 Elections: The Impact on Congress

The 2018 Elections and Beyond

CHAPTER 10 • The Congressional Electorate in 2016
Social Forces and the Congressional Vote

Issues and the Congressional Vote

Party Identification and the Congressional Vote

Incumbency and the Congressional Vote

The Congressional Vote as Referendum

Presidential Coattails and the Congressional Vote


CHAPTER 11 • The 2018 Congressional Elections
The Pattern of Outcomes

Assessing Victory and Explaining the Results

National and Local Influences in Congressional Elections

The 2018 Elections: The Impact on Congress

The 2020 Elections and Beyond

CHAPTER 12 • The 2016 and 2018 Elections and the Future of American Politics
Are Midterm Elections Predictive?

Prospects for the Democrats

Prospects for the Republicans

CHAPTER 13 • The Dynamics of American Elections
The Great Continuities: The Electoral System and the Party System

The Great Change: Depolarization and the Return of Partisan Polarization

Change and Continuity in Turnout

Continuities in Electoral Partisanship

Changes in the Partisan Electorate

Change and Continuity in the U.S. Congress

Key features

New and Key Features:

  • An all-new chapter on the 2018 midterm election results that offers:
    • an examination of the social forces, party loyalties, and prominent issues that affected voting behavior.
    • conclusions about what the results mean for the future of American politics. 
  • The authors present election results in a straightforward, accessible manner and display the data in an array of thorough, yet student-friendly graphics.

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