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Uncertainty in American Politics


  • 17 b/w illus. 20 tables
  • Page extent: 268 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320.973/01
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JK21 .U54 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Uncertainty--Political aspects--United States
    • United States--Politics and government

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521812733 | ISBN-10: 0521812739)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published July 2003

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This 2003 book represents an exciting intellectual meeting of researchers from diverse subfields to analyze how and why uncertainty affects American politics. It seeks to reconnect research traditions that have seldom spoken to one another. Though used by formal theorists, empiricists, and historians in a parallel fashion for a number of years, the notion of uncertainty has often been introduced only to explain away anomalies, provide backing for a larger argument, or justify a particular methodology. Uncertainty has rarely been considered in its own right or as a concept that might connect researchers from different subfields. The authors demonstrate some of the many substantive effects that uncertainty has on the bureaucracy, voters, and elected officials. They also reveal the origins and consequences of uncertainty to remind researchers across the discipline how central the idea should be to any serious study of US politics.

• Covers most of the major fields in American politics • Many of the chapters are written by well-known scholars but are also quite accessible to undergraduates • It offers a nice mix of theory and substance that ought to appeal to a variety of students at different levels


Part I. Elite and Institutional Politics: 1. Explaining the growth of the presidential branch: a theory and test Matthew J. Dickinson; 2. Political uncertainty and administrative procedures Richard G. Vanden Bergh and Rui J. P. de Figueiredo Jr.; 3. Uncertainty, political institutions, and the administrative state reconsidered George A. Krause; 4. Bureaucracy and uncertainty Laurence O'Toole and Kenneth J. Meier; 5. Uncertainty and political debate: how the dimensionality of political issues gets reduced in the legislative process Bryan D. Jones, Jeffrey C. Talbert and Matthew Potoski; Part II. Citizen and Electoral Politics: 6. Declining uncertainty: presidents, public opinion, and polls John G. Geer and Prateek Goorha; 7. Uncertainty in American public opinion R. Michael Alvarez, John Brehm and Catherine Wilson; 8. Risk and uncertainty as sources of incumbent insecurity Cherie D. Maestas; 9. Black candidates, white voters: how uncertainty and information shape the white vote Zoltan Hajnal.


Matthew J. Dickinson, Richard G. Vanden Bergh, Rui J. P. de Figueiredo Jr., George A. Krause, Laurence O'Toole, Kenneth J. Meier, Bryan D. Jones, Jeffrey C. Talbert, Matthew Potoski, John G. Geer, Prateek Goorha, R. Michael Alvarez, John Brehm, Catherine Wilson, Cherie D. Maestas, Zoltan Hajnal

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