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Conventional Wisdom, Parties, and Broken Barriers in the 2016 Election by [Jennifer C. Lucas, Christopher J. Galdieri, Tauna Starbuck Sisco, Mark D. Brewer, Richard Powell, Chad Kinsella, Kevin J. McMahon, Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown, Matthew D. Atkinson , Julia R. Azari , Tyler Benning, Robert G. Boatright, Christopher Chapp, Jack D. Collens, Terri Susan Fine, Dan Hofrenning, Seth Masket, Kyle Mattes, Elizabeth P. Ossoff, David P. Redlawsk, Elizabeth Hahn Rickenbach, Ira J. Roseman, Valerie Sperling, Charles Stewart III , Sean Tatar, Joseph E. Uscinski, Emily O. Wanless , Aidan Zielske , Darin DeWitt]

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Editorial Reviews


The election of 2016 broke many conventions about American politics and left many questions about how and why it turned out as it did. This book is an early step in answering those questions. Conventional Wisdom comprises 12 chapters addressing aspects of the 2016 presidential election. Using accessible methodology, the authors offer detailed explanations about what happened. Though the work provides no definitive answer for those still scratching their heads and trying to explain the Trump phenomenon, it does include a great deal of insight that could lead to some larger explanation. If readers are looking for a concise volume that lays out an array of questions and plausible answers, this volume is just what they need.

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.


The 2016 contest produced more than the usual number of surprises while also advancing larger trends in partisan, electoral, ethnic, and gender politics. In this book, an expert team of scholars sifts through the evidence to tell us what changed and what didn’t —placing the events of 2016 in welcome theoretical and historical context while authoritatively addressing the many new questions that have emerged in the wake of such a historic election. -- David Hopkins, Boston College

The 2016 election cycle challenged much of the conventional wisdom in American politics. The role of political parties, endorsements, fundraising, gender norms, ideology, policy issues, party elites, and rank and file voters, all seemingly changed context during this contentious campaign. A great group of authors explore the impact that the Trump and Clinton campaigns had on the national congressional contests and whether 2016 will mark a major turning point in American elections or it was an exception that helped to prove the rule. These political scientists examine previous theories and trends in light of the 2016 election outcomes to determine the extent to which the unconventional campaign undermined or supported those theories. While in some areas it seems as though 2016 was really just what would have been predicted, in others, this election and the style of the new president pose significant challenges to mainstream theories in political science. How did Trump’s plain spoken, outsider political message effect down ballot races? Did past or present Clinton scandals influence voters? How did the Supreme Court vacancy impact Senate races? What role did gender norms and values play in voter’s decisions? This volume aims to answer the above questions and more, and put political science conventional wisdom to the test. -- Sean D. Foreman
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tauna S. Sisco is associate professor of sociology at Saint Anselm College.

Jennifer C. Lucas is professor of politics at Saint Anselm College.

Christopher J. Galdieri is associate professor of politics at Saint Anselm College.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07847D9YM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lexington Books; Reprint edition (November 20, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 20, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2304 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 272 pages

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