This book analyzes practical and moral influences on voting decisions. Undermining the widespread assumption that economic self-interest is the key determinant of voting choices,
it discovers that moral considerations rooted in religious traditions are often the more decisive. This finding is confirmed through a close analysis of tangible problems, such as child neglect and crime, problems which one would expect to trouble practical voters. Further, this book suggests that political ideologies influence party affiliation, rather than the other way around. It defines four categories of states in terms of human development and income equalitySouth,
Heartland, postindustrial, and “balanced.”
It then explains why political color (red, purple, or blue) and societal problems vary across these categories. Voters’ moral ideologies, it shows, combine with a state’s measure of income equality and human development to shape a state’s readiness to pursue practical solutions to societal problems. Finally, it shows that moral ideologies of the religious right and authoritarianism, two very different concepts, are in fact intertwined empirically. This book thus suggests that educationa key driver of human development, anti-authoritarianism, and deliberative votingshould begin in preschools that are both nurturant and instructive.
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction.- PART I. INDIVIDUAL VOTERS.- Chapter 2. Voters for Obama.- Chapter 3. Variables of Practical Voting.- Chapter 4. Models of Practical Voting.- PART II. TANGIBLE PROBLEMS.- Chapter 5. Post-Industrial Indicators, Human Development, and Red-Purple-Blue States.- Chapter 6. Gauging Income Inequality.- Chapter 7. Validity of a Typology of States.- Chapter 8. Consequences of Four Types of States.- PART III. MORAL VOTING.- Chapter 9. Gauging Moral Conservatism.- Chapter 10. Determinants of Social Conservatism.- Chapter 11. Determinants of a State's Political Color.- Chapter 12. Moral Conservatism and Voting.- Chapter 13. Moral Conservatism, Distractors, and Authoritarianism.- Chapter 14.Evidence-Based Insights.