Policy Cleavages in Historical Context

Paul Goren

in On Voter Competence

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396140
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979301 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Policy Cleavages in Historical Context

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This chapter presents a historical overview of the major developments in the economic welfare, cultural issues, and foreign policy domains. These policy domains represent the key areas in the issue space of American politics. The review suggests public discourse in the respective areas revolves around the general cleavages of limited government, traditional morality, and military strength; and that presidential incumbents, presidential candidates, and the political parties have taken very clear and distinct positions on each dimension over the past several decades. The fact that each policy cleavage has occupied a central position on the national political agenda for a very long time has implications for the development of policy principles in the minds of individuals.

Keywords: history; policy; cleavages; political parties

Chapter.  12336 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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