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Vital statistics on American politics, 2001-2002
Stanley, Harold W. (Harold Watkins)
[Eighth edition].
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2001]

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xvii, 458 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Elections and political parties -- Campaign finance and political action committees (PACs) -- Public opion and voting -- Media -- Congress -- Presidency and Executive Branch -- Judiciary -- Federalism -- Foreign and military policy -- Social policy -- Economic policy.
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This resource of data presents more than 200 tables and charts covering the spectrum of American politics. The 2001-2002 edition contains information on the 2000 elections, legislative term limits, the national debt and more. The edition is available on the Web with your purchase of the book.

Author Notes

Harold W. Stanley is professor of political science at the University of Rochester. He is the author of articles on voting, political parties, and elections as well as Voter Mobilization and the Politics of Race: The South and Universal Suffrage, 1952-1984 and Senate vs. Governor, Alabama 1971: Referents for Opposition in a One-Party Legislature. He currently teaches voting rights.
Richard G. Niemi is professor of political science at the University of Rochester. He is the coauthor of many books, including Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn and Term Limits in the State Legislatures. He has written numerous articles on political socialization, voting, and legislative districting and is currently doing research on civic education, term limits, and voting.

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This statistical compendium intends to provide useful current and historical statistics covering a broad spectrum of topics associated with American politics. Each of the 11 chapters offer tabular data about subjects that intersect American politics, such as elections and political parties and social policy, current through the 2000 election. A list of the tables in each chapter follows the table of contents. Each chapter begins with a helpful introductory essay intended to define what the data cover, highlight any trends in the data, describe any statistical anomalies, and place the gathering of the data in historical context. Tables are presented in accessible format, and each table includes the source of data. When appropriate, explanatory notes accompanying the tables describe how the data were gathered, variations in reporting periods, gaps, differences in measuring methods, and technical difficulties of measurement. Tables showing public opinion polls give the question asked of respondents. The first appendix shows various definitions of regions as they pertain to tables throughout the book, and the second lists out-of-date tables the editors believe still contain useful information. The book also includes a list of relevant Internet sites and a helpful bibliography of references. The work focuses on the federal political scene, serving as a companion to the revised edition of Lyn Ragsdale's Vital Statistics on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton (CH, May'96). Highly recommended for all collections; can be used in conjunction with recent encyclopedias on American politics, e.g., The Encyclopedia of American Political History, ed. by Paul Finkelman and Peter Wallenstein (CH, Sep'01) and William C. Binning et al.'s Encyclopedia of American Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (CH, Feb'00). R. V. Labaree University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
1 Elections and Political Partiesp. 10
Political Parties
Election Results (president, Congress, and state)
Minority Elected Officials
Presidential Nominations
Voting Rights
Term Limits
Voting Equipment
2 Campaign Finance and Political Action Committees (PACs)p. 83
Contribution Limits
Presidential and Congressional Campaign Financing
Party Expenditures
Political Action Committees (PACs)
3 Public Opinion and Votingp. 110
Voting by Groups
Presidential and Congressional Approval
Confidence in Government and the Economy
Most Important Problem
Parties' Handling of Peace and Prosperity
Specific Issues
4 The Mediap. 167
National Reach
Presence in Washington
Public Use
Coverage and Viewership of Presidential Campaigns, Conventions, and Debates
Newspaper Endorsements
5 Congressp. 197
Membership Characteristics
Bills and Laws
Voting Patterns
Current Members
6 The Presidency and Executive Branchp. 239
Cabinet and Staff
Congressional Relations
Civil Service Employment
7 The Judiciaryp. 263
Federal and State Court Structures
Supreme Court Justices
Supreme Court Caseloads
Federal Court Judges
Federal Court Caseloads
Laws Overturned
8 Federalismp. 290
Historical Data
State Constitutional Provisions
States and the Federal Constitution
State and Local Governments and Employees
Revenues and Spending
Personal Income
Intergovernmental Revenue Flows
State Government Performance
9 Foreign and Military Policyp. 331
Treaties and Agreements
Military Engagements
Military Personnel
Military Sales and Assistance
Foreign Aid
Investment and Trade
10 Social Policyp. 353
Medicare and Social Security
Income Levels
Public Aid
Social Welfare Expenditures
Integration in Schooling and Employment
Crime and Punishment
11 Economic Policyp. 386
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Federal Budget
National Debt
Tax Breaks
Labor Unions
Appendix A Definitions of Regionsp. 408
Appendix B Useful (but Dated) Tablesp. 411
Guide to References for Political Statisticsp. 425
Indexp. 447