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The Stubborn American Voter

Partisan voting is back. It is fed by new issues that fall on the
left/right ideological continuum. These are likely to be social,
religious and racial issues. This trend has led to an increase in
rationalization and, therefore, a weakening role for
retrospection. Voters are less willing to vote based on past
performance but more willing to offer evaluations that, even if
untrue, rationalize their partisan predispositions and vote
choices.

This is one of my three dissertation papers. It is the basis of my job talk. Any thoughts, citations, etc. are appreciated.

One Comment

  1. Sam Cook says:

    Boris S. commented:

    Joe,

    You should define more completely what you mean by rationalization and retrospection (and partisan voting, for that matter), especially for a general audience.