By Matt Grossmann
Why do Republican politicians promise to rein in executive, merely to stand repeated rebellions from Republican electorate and media critics for betraying their ideas? Why do Democratic politicians suggest an array of other guidelines to compare the range in their supporters, purely to develop into mired in stark demographic divisions over factor priorities? briefly, why do the 2 events act so differently-whether within the voters, at the crusade path, or in public office?
Asymmetric Politics deals a finished rationalization: The Republican celebration is the car of an ideological move whereas the Democratic social gathering is a coalition of social teams. Republican leaders prize conservatism and allure aid by means of pledging loyalty to vast values. Democratic leaders as an alternative search concrete executive motion, attractive to electorate' crew identities and pursuits by means of endorsing particular policies.
This clean and accomplished research finds how Democrats and Republicans imagine another way approximately politics, depend upon specified resources of data, argue prior each other, and pursue divergent ambitions in executive. It presents a rigorous new realizing of up to date polarization and governing disorder whereas demonstrating how longstanding positive factors of yankee politics and public coverage mirror our uneven social gathering system.
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In 2000, the most recent available data coded for level of conceptualization, the proportion of respondents categorized as ideologues was notably higher among Republicans—especially those who strongly identified with the party—than among Democrats or independents, as revealed by Figure 2-5. 1 0 Strong Democrat Weak Democrat Lean Democrat Independent Ideologues/Near-Ideologues Lean Republican Weak Republican Strong Republican Group Benefits Proportion of respondents in each party identification category who were categorized as ideologues or near- ideologues and as group benefits voters on the levels of conceptualization scale.
Figure 2-6 confirms that this finding is not an artifact of the hierarchical scale of mutually exclusive categories, displaying the mean number of mentions of ideological concepts and social groups by respondents to the 2004 ANES within each of the seven categories of party identification. 28 In other words, the Republican propensity for ideological thinking does not depend on education or religion; it is instead a product of the conservative movement’s successful communication of its version of the American political tradition to the party’s electorate.
28 In other words, the Republican propensity for ideological thinking does not depend on education or religion; it is instead a product of the conservative movement’s successful communication of its version of the American political tradition to the party’s electorate. 2 0 Strong Democrat Weak Democrat Lean Democrat Independent No. of Ideology Mentions Lean Republican Weak Republican Strong Republican No. of Group Mentions Average number of mentions of groups and ideological statements in open-ended responses from the 2004 ANES regarding likes and dislikes of the two political parties by respondents in each party identification category.
Asymmetric politics : ideological Republicans and group interest Democrats by Matt Grossmann