SETUPS: American Politics (ICPSR 7368)

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Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) for American Politics are computer-related modules designed for use in teaching introductory courses in American government and politics. The modules are intended to demonstrate the process of examining evidence and reaching conclusions and to stimulate students to independent, critical thinking and a deeper understanding of substantive content. They enable students with no previous training to make use of the computer to analyze data on political behavior or to see the results of policy decisions by use of a simulation model. The SETUPS: AMERICAN POLITICS modules were developed by a group of political scientists with experience in teaching introductory American government courses who were brought together in a workshop supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation in the summer of 1974. The American Political Science Association administered the grant, and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research was host to the workshop and provided data for most of the SETUPS. The modules were tested and evaluated during the 1974-1975 academic year by students and faculty in 155 classes at 69 universities and colleges. Appropriate revisions were made based upon this experience. This collection comprises 15 separate modules: (1) Political Socialization Across the Generations, (2) Political Participation, (3) Voting Behavior, The 1980 Election, (4) Elections and the Mass Media, (5) The Supreme Court in American Politics, Court Decisions, (6) The Supreme Court in American Politics, Police Interrogations, (7) The Dynamics of Political Budgeting, A Public Policy Simulation, State Expenditures, (8) The Dynamics of Political Budgeting, A Public Policy Simulation, SIMSTATE Simulation, (9) The Dynamics of Political Budgeting, A Public Policy Simulation, SIMSTATE II Simulation, (10) Fear of Crime, (11) Presidential Popularity in America, Presidential Popularity, (12) Presidential Popularity in America, Advanced Analyses, (13) Campaign '80, The Public and the Presidential Selection Process, (14) Voting Behavior, The 1976 Election, and (15) Policy Responsiveness and Fiscal Strain in 51 American Communities. Parts 8 and 9 are FORTRAN IV program SIMSTATE sourcedecks intended to simulate the interaction of state policies. Variables in the various modules provide information on respondents' level of political involvement and knowledge of political issues, general political attitudes and beliefs, news media exposure and usage, voting behavior (Parts 1, 2, and 3), and sectional biases (15). Other items provide information on respondents' views of government, politics, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter as presidents, best form of government, government spending (Part 3), local police, the Supreme Court (Parts 4 and 15), the economy, and domestic and foreign affairs. Additional items probed respondents' opinions of prayer in school, abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment Law, nuclear energy, and the most important national problem and the political party most suitable to handle it (Part 3). Also included are items on votes of Supreme Court judges (Part 5), arrest of criminal suspects and their treatment by law enforcement agencies (Part 6), federal government expenditures and budgeting (Part 7), respondents' feelings of safety at home, neighborhood crime rate, frequency of various kinds of criminal victimization, the personal characteristics of the targets of those crimes (Part 10), respondents' opinions of and choice of party presidential candidates nominees (Part 13), voter turnout for city elections (15), urban unrest, and population growth rate. Demographic items specify age, sex, race, marital status, education, occupation, income, social class identification, religion, political party affiliation, and union membership.

American Political Science Association. SETUPS:  American Politics . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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(1) The data files for this study are supplied with preliminary SPSS data definition statements. Unlike the other modules in the SETUPS: American Politics collection, the Presidential Popularity in America data definition statements are merged with the data. Users are advised to check the data definition statements, BEFORE running any jobs, to make sure that they are compatible with their installations. If they are not, users should make the appropriate modifications. (2) The data for this instructional subset are distributed by ICPSR through an arrangement with the American Political Science Association. Manuals for the modules are distributed by the American Political Science Association (APSA) Division of Educational Affairs. Individuals at ICPSR member institutions may obtain a bulk order discount on the price of the manuals supplied by the American Political Science Association: POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION ACROSS THE GENERATIONS by Paul Allen Beck, Jere W. Bruner, and Douglas L. Dobson. Faculty should notify the Association of eligibility for this discount and insure that the bookstore order form also indicates Consortium membership.

(1) Student-Parent Socialization Study directed by Kent M. Jennings, (2) Arterton, Christopher F., and Hahn Harlan. POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, (3) Participation in America study directed by Sidney Verba and Norman Nie, (4) Ryan, John Paul, and Neal C. Tate. THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN POLITICS: POLICY THROUGH LAW, (5) Voting records of the United States Supreme Court, (6) Study of 1966 police interrogations in New Haven, Connecticut, directed by Michael Wald, (7) Hoffman, Marvin C. THE DYNAMICS OF POLITICAL BUDGETING: A PUBLIC POLICY SIMULATION, (8) Studies on United States' state governments by Thomas R. Dye, Richard I. Hofferbert, and Ira Sharansky, (9) Blomquist, David. ELECTIONS AND THE MASS MEDIA, (10) AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1980 (ICPSR 7763), (11) Broh, Anthony C., and Charles L. Prysby. VOTING BEHAVIOR: THE 1980 ELECTION, (12) Joslyn, Richard, and Janet Johnson. CAMPAIGN '80: THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS, (13) Skogan, Wesley, and William Klecka. FEAR OF CRIME, and (14) Law Enforcement Assistance Administration surveys taken in 1973-1974

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  • American Political Science Association. SETUPS: AMERICAN POLITICS. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1975-1982.


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