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Author Webster, Steven W., 1990- author

Title American rage : how anger shapes our politics / Steven W. Webster
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 169 pages) : illustrations
Summary "American Rage argues that anger is the central emotion governing contemporary US politics, with powerful, deleterious effects. Tracing the developments that have given rise to a culture of anger in the mass public, the book sheds new light on both public opinion and voting behavior. Steven Webster skillfully uses a combination of novel datasets, new measures of anger, and a series of experiments to show how anger causes citizens to lose trust in the national government and weaken in their commitment to democratic norms and values. Despite these negative consequences, political elites strategically seek to elicit anger among their supporters. Presenting compelling evidence, Webster ultimately concludes that elites engage in this behavior because voter anger leads to voter loyalty. When voters are angry, they are more likely to vote for their party's slate of candidates at multiple levels of the federal electoral system"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 22, 2020)
Subject Political culture -- United States
Political psychology -- United States
Anger -- Political aspects -- United States
Voting research -- United States
Party affiliation -- United States
Public opinion -- United States
Party affiliation.
Political culture.
Political psychology.
Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Public opinion.
Voting research.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century -- Public opinion
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020012949
ISBN 9781108868303