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Social Logic Of Politics Personal Networks As Contexts by Alan Zuckerman

Social Logic Of Politics Personal Networks As Contexts


Social Logic Of Politics Personal Networks As Contexts by Alan Zuckerman

Using classic theories to explain individuals' political decisions, this volume examines what influences these decisions. Supported by the research of the Columbia school of electoral sociology, this view is contrasted with rational choice theory and the Michigan school of electoral analysis. Written by a range of political scientists, this volume advances theory and method in the study of political behavior and returns the social logic of politics to the heart of political science.


Overall, this is an important collection of essays... an essential read. -Perspectives on Politics The Social Logic of Politics addresses the question of sociological influences on political behavior, and the essays in this volume do in fact succeed in this purpose, offering a significant contribution in this area. Zuckerman brings the original sociological themes and research of Lazarsfeld and his colleagues into the 21st century, and the scholarship here is state-of-the-art, showcasing a wide range of data and methodologies. -Robert Shapiro, Columbia University In the classic sociological tradition of the Columbia School, this impressive collection of studies explores the impact of families, friends, workplaces, and communities on our political choices and behavior. The imaginative research in this volume amply demonstrates that, despite the imposing presence of the mass media, we continue to be shaped in significant ways by the company we keep. -Dennis Chong, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science

About the Author

Alan S. Zuckerman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Brown University and Research Professor, DIW-German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of several books, including The Politics of Faction: Christian Democratic Rule in Italy and Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. His honors include serving on the faculty at Tel-Aviv University, the University of Pisa, and the University of Florence. Contributors: Christopher Anderson, Syracuse University; Nancy Burns, University of Michigan; Josip Dasovic, Brown University; Jennifer Fitzgerald, Brown University; James Fowler, University of California, Davis; James Gimpel, University of Maryland, College Park; Robert Huckfeldt, University of California, Davis; M. Kent Jennings, University of California, Santa Barbara; Paul E. Johnson, University of Kansas; Ron Johnston, University of Bristol; Ulrich Kohler, research scholar at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin; Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Research Director National Jewish Population Survey 2000-1, United Jewish Communities; J. Celeste Lay, Tulane University; Jeffrey Levine; Ann Chih Lin, University of Michigan; Aida Paskeviciute; Charles Pattie, University of Sheffield; Kay Schlozman, Boston College; John Sprague, Washington University; Laura Stoker, University of California, Berkeley; Sidney Verba, Harvard University; and the editor.

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Publication date

26th January 2005


Alan Zuckerman

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Temple University Press,U.S.


368 pages


Political science & theory



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