Opinion Polls and Volatile Electorates: Problems and Issues in Polling European Societies, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Opinion Polls and Volatile Electorates

Problems and Issues in Polling European Societies, 1st Edition

By Matt Henn

Routledge

258 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138324541
pub: 2020-02-01
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 1st February 2020
$40.00
x
Hardback: 9781138324527
pub: 2018-08-01
$120.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429450815
pub: 2019-01-15
from $20.00


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

Published in 1998, Opinion Polls and Volatile Electorates presents a comparative overview of the development of opinion polling in late-capitalist and post-communist societies. The author considers two related issues to help readers understand the role of polls in political affairs and the prospects for polling in the the future. Firstly, it is argued that there are certain tendencies unfolding in both late-capitalist and post-communist societies (which the author terms Complex Politics) which make polling an increasingly difficult activity. The processes affect the ability of polls to measure public opinion effectively, and to contribute to political democratisation. Secondly, the book examines whether polls extend or inhibit democratic processes. The long-standing debate between advocates and critics of polls is considered and applied to both large-capitalist and post-communist societies. It is concluded that while opinion polls may in certain ways improve democratic practices, they can also be used by powerful special interest groups to frustrate these aims.

Reviews

’The book offers a useful guide to the history of polling in the former communist countries and to the problems faced by pollsters in this context.’ Political Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Opinion Polls, Power and Democracy 3. The Comparative Context of Opinion Polling 4. Opinion Polling and Complex Politics 5. The Development of Opinion Polling in Capitalist Societies: Britain 6. Complex Politics and Opinion Polling in Late-Capitalist Britain 7. Polling Performance in Late-Capitalist Societies 8. Opinion Polling in Central and Eastern Europe under Communism 9. Complex Politics and Opinion Polling in Post-Communist Societies 10. Methods and Issues in Polling Post-Communist Societies 11. Conclusion.

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit https://www.routledge.com/series/PSYREVIVALS

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General