The Social Logic of Politics

The Social Logic of Politics series, edited by Scott D. McClurg (formerly edited by Alan S. Zuckerman), directs attention to several related clusters of research in the social sciences. At the core is a theoretical principle: individuals make political decisions, like other choices, by taking into account cues from other persons. Studies move from individuals to groups to large scale collectivities. Usually examining micro-politics-voting and other forms of political participation; the place of politics in households, the family, the friendship unit, and the neighborhood- this research also studies how broader political and social contexts influence and are influenced by these micro-processes. It includes as well "small group behavior" in political institutions, such as exchanges of cues in legislatures and patron-client relations in bureaucratic agencies and political parties. Books in The Social Logic of Politics series will apply research techniques that run the gamut of contemporary political science, sociology, communications, and geography.

Civic Talk

Peers, Politics, and the Future of Democracy

Casey A. Klofstad

Exploring how the simple act of talking about politics and current events with friends, colleagues, and relatives causes us to become more civically active

200 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 tables, 30 figures


Cleavage Politics and the Populist Right

The New Cultural Conflict in Western Europe

Simon Bornschier

A comparative study of how historical cleavages and party strategies interact to shape the fortunes of the populist right in Western Europe

260 pages | 6 x 9 | 28 tables, 35 figures, 1 halftone


God Talk

Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion

Paul A. Djupe, and Brian R. Calfano

Explores religion's impact on political attitudes using a series of controlled experiments

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 tables, 23 figs.


Mandates, Parties, and Voters

How Elections Shape the Future

James H Fowler and Oleg Smirnov

Shows how the size of an election victory influences subsequent candidate behavior, voter behavior, and even the economy

216 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 tables, 20 figures, 3 halftones


A Midwestern Mosaic

Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America

J. Celeste Lay

How native-born rural adolescents adapt to new immigrants in their communities

238 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 tables, 8 figures, 1 map


Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization

Two Generations at an American Women's College

Krista Jenkins

Shedding new light on the political socialization of American women

178 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables


New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism

Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment

Edited by Casey A. Klofstad

Cutting-edge research by prominent social scientists on new topics and methods of inquiry in the field of civic participation

294 pages | 6 x 9 | 20 tables, 29 line drawings


Religion and Political Tolerance in America

Advances in the State of the Art

Edited by Paul A. Djupe

Cutting-edge scholarship that sets the agenda for research on religion and political tolerance

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 tables, 18 figures


Senior Power or Senior Peril

Aged Communities and American Society in the Twenty-First Century

Brittany H. Bramlett

Shows how the increasing number of aged communities in the United States shapes the local political context for residents of all ages

164 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 13 tables, 14 figures