Table of contents for Tides of consent : how opinion movements shape American politics / James A. Stimson.

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Part I. Preface: The Shutdown: 1. On Point of View
2. On How the Book Came to be Written
3. On Truth, Objectivity, and Spin
Part II. :Opinion Flows: 4. A Theory of Public Opinion
5. Some Postulates About Opinion Movement
6. Design of the Book
Part III: What the Public Wants of Government: 7. Thinking About Public Opinion
8. Absolute and Relative
9. Means and Ends
10. What are the Considerations: Policy Domains
Some Newer Policy Conflicts
Part IV: Left and Rights Movements in Preference: 11. The Issue Evolution Theory of Issue Alignment
12. Three Issue Evolutions
13. Preference for Liberalism and Conservatism
14. Ideology
Part V. The Great Horse Race: 15. The Lore of Presidential Campaigns: Three Stories
16. Do the Polls Predict Presidential Elections?
17. So, What Really Matters?
18. Candidate Debates
Part VI: Between the Campaigns: 19. The Presidency
20. U.S. Senators
21. Governors
22. Trust in Government
23. Is Approval Generic?
Part VII. On Politics at the Margin: 24. A Tale of Three Elections
25. Who Accounts for Change in American Politics?
26. The Rhythms of Opinion: A Reconsideration
27. On Marginal Democracy.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Public opinion United States, United States Politics and government Public opinion