The Increasingly United States?: The Nationalization of American Political Behavior
The American federal system gives substantial authority to states and localities, and yet contemporary American voters focus much of their attention on national politics. Entitled "The Increasingly United States?" this presentation will detail research on the causes and consequences of the recent nationalization of Americans' political behavior. It will draw on a wide range of evidence from surveys, election returns, news coverage, and political rhetoric. Changes in the structure of the mass media are partially responsible for this nationalization, although so, too, are a host of other social and political factors.
About Daniel Hopkins, Ph.D.
Daniel Hopkins is a political scientist whose research centers on American politics, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, local politics, political behavior, and research methods. Copies of his recent academic papers are available here, and a CV is available here (.pdf) or here (.doc).
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication. He is an occasional blogger at The Monkey Cage and at FiveThirtyEight. View his SSRN page via this link and his DataVerse page available here.