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Why Trust Matters : Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism / Marc J. Hetherington.

Author/Creator:
Hetherington, Marc J., author.
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
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Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Political alienation -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Voting -- United States.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
American public policy has become demonstrably more conservative since the 1960s. Neither Jimmy Carter nor Bill Clinton was much like either John F. Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson. The American public, however, has not become more conservative. Why, then, the right turn in public policy? Using both individual and aggregate level survey data, Marc Hetherington shows that the rapid decline in Americans' political trust since the 1960s is critical to explaining this puzzle. As people lost faith in the federal government, the delivery system for most progressive policies, they supported progressive ideas much less. The 9/11 attacks increased such trust as public attention focused on security, but the effect was temporary. Specifically, Hetherington shows that, as political trust declined, so too did support for redistributive programs, such as welfare and food stamps, and race-targeted programs. While the presence of race in a policy area tends to make political trust important for whites, trust affects policy preferences in other, non-race-related policy areas as well. In the mid-1990s the public was easily swayed against comprehensive health care reform because those who felt they could afford coverage worried that a large new federal bureaucracy would make things worse for them. In demonstrating a strong link between public opinion and policy outcomes, this engagingly written book represents a substantial contribution to the study of public opinion and voting behavior, policy, and American politics generally.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
CHAPTER ONE. Why Political Trust Matters
CHAPTER TWO. Political Trust and Its Evolution
CHAPTER THREE. Political Distrust, Not Conservatism
CHAPTER FOUR. The Dynamic Importance of Political Trust
CHAPTER FIVE. Political Trust and Public Support for Government Spending
CHAPTER SIX. Political Trust and the Racial Policy Preferences of Whites
CHAPTER SEVEN. Political Trust and the Demise of Health Care Reform
CHAPTER EIGHT. Political Trust and the Future of American Politics
Notes
References
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780691188690
OCLC:
1076473203
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691188690 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.