Readership: Political scientists (especially those interested in American politics, and Congressional and representation studies), political psychologists, political behavioralists, religious studies scholars, and normative political theorists
David C. Barker, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, and Christopher Jan Carman, Senior Research Lecturer, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde
David C. Barker is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Houston in 1998. He is also the author of Rushed to Judgment? Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior (Columbia University Press, 2002). His research interests include American politics, political behavior and psychology, political communication, campaigns and elections, and religion and politics.
Christopher Jan Carman is Senior Research Lecturer in Government at the University of Strathclyde. He received his PhD from the University of Houston in 2000. He is also a co-author of Elections and Voters in Britain, 3rd ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He has served as a consultant for the Scottish Parliament and a psephologist for BBC News.
"...very readable and engaging... This is a book that should appeal to a wide audience of political scientists, political ychologists, and anyone interested in politics and/or religion in America today." - PsycCRITIQUES, April 2013
Chapter 1 Introduction: Saddling the Drunken Mule
Part I: The Demand Side of Political Representation
Chapter 2 How Do We Want to be Represented? How Do We Differ?
Chapter 3 Theory: Cultural Warfare and Styles of Representation in the US
Chapter 4 Mapping the Cultural and Partisan Divide in Representation Preferences
Part II: The Fine Art of Pandering
Chapter 5 Representation Styles, Candidate Cues, and the Voting Booth
Chapter 6 Constituent Perceptions of Representation Styles and Democratic Accountability
Chapter 7 Red Representation, Blue Representation
Chapter 8 Conclusion: Quieting the Stable, Polarizing the Ranch