In Flanigan and Zingale's classic study, NES data from the extraordinary 2000 elections is carefully analyzed to effectively highlight the characteristics that shape Americans' responses to politics: Are Americans committed to upholding basic democratic values? Who votes and why? How do economic and social characteristics influence individuals' political behavior? The authors answer these and other questions and place them in the context of the changes that have occurred in American political behavior in over the past fifty years. 2003 midterm supplementIn 2002 U.S. voters witnessed a rare event for midterm elections: the party of the president increased its number of seats in the House of Representatives. Before 1998 the American electorate had not seen such an event since 1934. This historical anomaly ? happening in 2002 for the second time in four years ? suggested that a larger, systemic change may have occurred. Flanigan and Zingale carefully consider this change in their well-crafted supplement, expanding their analysis from the main text on a number of topics. Placing midterm elections in historical context, the authors continue their trusted analysis of data from the National Election Studies and offer insight into recent Republican gains, the durability of third-party movements, term limits, and the advantages of incumbency.Flanigan, William H. is the author of 'Political Behavior of the American Electorate and Political Behavior in Midterm Elections 2003' with ISBN 9781568028408 and ISBN 1568028407.