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The American Nonvoter

Lyn Ragsdale and Jerrold G. Rusk


The book explores the impact of uncertainty in the national campaign context on nonvoting in presidential and midterm House elections from 1920 through 2012. While previous studies have focused on individuals' motivations to vote and candidates' mobilization efforts, this book considers how uncertain national circumstances in the months before the election affect whether people vote or not. Uncertainty is defined as decision makers being unable to accurately predict future conditions, possible options, or final outcomes based on the current situation. Within the national campaign context, unce ... More

Keywords: Non-voter, uncertainty, national campaign context, electoral history, economic volatility, mass communication innovations, war, regions, party competition, voting rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190670702
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190670702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lyn Ragsdale, author
Dean of the Social Sciences and Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Rice University

Jerrold G. Rusk, author
Professor of Political Science, Rice University