Hypocrisy in American Political Attitudes

Hypocrisy in American Political Attitudes : A Defense of Attitudinal Incongruence

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This book illuminates, and ultimately defends, attitudinal hypocrisy within the personal politics of Americans by utilizing statistical analyses within political history, social psychology, public opinion, and political science. Within a simple and parsimonious model of political attitudes, along with a novel method of calculating and operationalizing what attitudinal hypocrisy is, the book argues that the wielding of conflicting attitudes is a necessary characteristic of the American electorate. It uses an innovative multidisciplinary approach to answer some of the most pervasive questions in American politics: Why do conservatives preach the value of economic libertarianism, but decry the lack of government involvement in social issues and the military? Why do liberals extol the virtues of a regulatory economic state, but not a cultural or military state?
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  • Paperback | 373 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 20mm | 506g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
  • 14 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 373 p. 14 illus.
  • 3319852965
  • 9783319852966

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This book illuminates, and ultimately defends, attitudinal hypocrisy within the personal politics of Americans by utilizing statistical analyses within political history, social psychology, public opinion, and political science. Within a simple and parsimonious model of political attitudes, along with a novel method of calculating and operationalizing what attitudinal hypocrisy is, the book argues that the wielding of conflicting attitudes is a necessary characteristic of the American electorate. It uses an innovative multidisciplinary approach to answer some of the most pervasive questions in American politics: Why do conservatives preach the value of economic libertarianism, but decry the lack of government involvement in social issues and the military? Why do liberals extol the virtues of a regulatory economic state, but not a cultural or military state?
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Table of contents

1. Introduction2. What Is Political Hypocrisy and Why Does it Matter?3. Psychological Dispositions, Political Orientations, and a Theoretical Framework of Ideological Differences in Attitudinal Hypocrisy4. Gay Is the New Black (But Black Is Still Black): The History and Current Trends of Attitudinal Hypocrisy5. Exploratory Surgery on the American Body Politic: Analyzing and Predicting Hypocrisy in the Electorate6. Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Using Cognitive Dissonance to Explore Attitudinal Hypocrisy7. What Good Is Cake if You Can't Eat It?: Prescriptions for and Conclusions About American Attitudinal Hypocrisy
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About Timothy P. Collins

Timothy P. Collins is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Olaf College, USA.
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