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The American Nonvoter$
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Lyn Ragsdale and Jerrold G. Rusk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190670702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190670702.001.0001

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Information Technology Years: 1992–2012

Information Technology Years: 1992–2012

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The American Nonvoter

Lyn Ragsdale

Jerrold G. Rusk

Oxford University Press

Abstract: This chapter examines the fourth historical period from 1992 through 2012, which encompasses the launch of the Internet, advances in computer technology, and the growth of economic globalization. Like the post-war period, the Internet technology period is one of low nonvoting. During this period, nonvoting declined as the Internet expanded. It also declined with economic swings including the early 1990s boom and the Great Recession beginning in 2008. The chapter also considers how polarization affects the views held by individual voters and nonvoters of presidential and House candidates. It finds that both voters and nonvoters hold more polarized views about the candidates during this period than the previous ones. Those people who make the weakest ideological comparisons between the candidates are much more likely not to vote than others.

Keywords:   Internet, economic bubbles, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Great Recession, Iraq War, polarization, ideology, nonvoting

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