The American Voter - (Campbell Converse Miller Donald 1966...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
(Campbell, Converse, Miller, & Donald, 1966) Campbell, A., Converse, P., Miller, W., & Donald, E. (1966). Stokes. 1960. The American  Voter: New York: Wiley. Chapters 2, 18, skim 19 Chapter One – Introduction Voting research must be placed in a broader setting. 1 – The voting behavior of a mass electorate can be seen within the context of a larger political  system. 2 – The empirical materials of our work lie within a particular historical setting.   3 – Their research lies within a sequence of studies on voting. (4) If politics has to do with “who gets what, when and how”, the free competitive election has  proven an essential means of insuring that the current solution of this problem enjoys the broad  consent of the governed.   (5) The political system can be idealized as a collection of processes for the taking of decisions. (6) This book focuses on the choice of a President (thus, only the US) and looks  backward to the configuration of causal influences that have produced these decisions  rather than forward to its impact in other arenas of the political system. Chapter Two – Theoretical Orientation The authors seek to  understand  (not  predict ) voting behavior.   - In the past, most research has been either sociologically or psychologically based.  They  seek to combine these theories into a broader framework.   The functions of theory - Understanding versus prediction o They only concern themselves with prediction if it serves to test their  understanding.  
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
o Understanding ranges more widely than prediction and it enhances our grasp of  the total situation and the full range of conditions that operate within it. - The problem of causality o We move beyond an understanding of a relationship to distinguishing cause from  effect. o A systematic theory must be able to accept a set of data pertaining to any  individual case and provide an ultimate prediction of behavior.  Thus, theory  should provide us with a way to use several levels of explanation without  confusion.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern