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Representing Red and BlueHow the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen$
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David C. Barker and Christopher Jan Carman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796564.001.0001

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Cultural Warfare and Styles of Representation in the United States

Cultural Warfare and Styles of Representation in the United States

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(p.39) Chapter 3 Cultural Warfare and Styles of Representation in the United States
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Representing Red and Blue
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David C. Barker

Christopher Jan Carman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796564.003.0003

This chapter lays out the argument in a detailed and systematic way. The chapter argues: (a) ordinary people do hold ideological predilections regarding the nature of democratic governance; (b) those predilections stem, in part, from different expectations regarding the nature of democratic governance; (c) such differences in democratic worldviews are partially a byproduct of cultural progressivism/traditionalism. That is, this chapter provides the detailed theoretical rationale undergirding the empirical analyses that follow.

Keywords:   representation preferences, democratic governance, expectations, political culture, cultural traditionalism

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