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African-American Representation In The Georgia General Assembly: Agents For Change, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 2009

African-American Representation In The Georgia General Assembly: Agents For Change, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 2009

Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Religion And American Political Participation, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 2008

Religion And American Political Participation, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


The Ground War 2000-2004: Strategic Targeting In Grassroots Campaigns, Peter Wielhouwer Jun 2008

The Ground War 2000-2004: Strategic Targeting In Grassroots Campaigns, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

This article uses survey data from the National Election Studies to examine personal contacting and grassroots mobilization strategies in presidential election campaigns, focusing on the 2000 and 2004 elections. Consistent with widespread journalistic accounts, we find that respondents overall report higher levels of mobilization in 2004. We also find evidence of strategic targeting and mobilization and report on shifts in targeting strategies between the two election cycles


Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 2005

Grassroots Mobilization, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


An Introduction To Southern Legislative Coalitions, Peter Wielhouwer, Stephen Shaffer, Charles Menifield, Keesha Middlemass Dec 2004

An Introduction To Southern Legislative Coalitions, Peter Wielhouwer, Stephen Shaffer, Charles Menifield, Keesha Middlemass

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Toward Information Superiority: The Contribution Of Operational Net Assessment, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 2004

Toward Information Superiority: The Contribution Of Operational Net Assessment, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

Dr. Wielhouwer notes that achieving decision superiority hinges on information superiority. He introduces the concept of operational net assessment, as well as its process and product, identifying them as enablers of effects-based planning and effects-based operations. The synergy of these tools provides joint force commanders extensive information in advance of a crisis, leading to actionable knowledge and decision superiority that facilitate the effective application of diplomatic, economic, informational, and military power.


Black Representation In Georgia, Peter Wielhouwer, Keesha Middlemass Dec 2004

Black Representation In Georgia, Peter Wielhouwer, Keesha Middlemass

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


The Impact Of Church Activities And Socialization On African-American Religious Commitment, Peter Wielhouwer Aug 2004

The Impact Of Church Activities And Socialization On African-American Religious Commitment, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

Objective. This article examines religious commitment (church involvement, private devotionalism, and religious salience) among African Americans as a function of being served by a religious congregation, perception of the historical role of the church in relation to the group, and religious and racial socialization. Methods. Drawing on traditional Christian expectations of the church, hypotheses are tested using the 1979–1980 National Survey of Black Americans. Three alternative models are tested that explicitly compare the effects of church activities with conventional socialization and demographic models of religious commitment. Results. The results show that the church's fulfillment of its normative roles ...


In Search Of Lincoln’S Perfect List: Targeting In Grassroots Campaigns, Peter Wielhouwer Oct 2003

In Search Of Lincoln’S Perfect List: Targeting In Grassroots Campaigns, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

A key element in winning elections, according to many practitioners, is successfully identifying citizens for targeted campaign communications, and a central tactic for implementing that strategy is through personal-contact campaigning. This article first integrates academic and practitioner perspectives into theoretical arguments about targeted campaigning. Then, using the 1956 to 1998 National Election Studies, the analysis shows that voter registration and age have become increasingly important as criteria for campaign contacts, that contacting rates among urban, sub-urban, and rural areas have equalized, and that campaigns continue to target party regulars, people predisposed to vote, and those who are more socially and ...


“Religion In American Elections And Campaigns.” (With Thomas Young). In In God We Trust? Religion And American Political Life, Ed. Corwin E. Smidt. Ny: Baker Books, 2001., Peter Wielhouwer, Thomas Young Dec 2000

“Religion In American Elections And Campaigns.” (With Thomas Young). In In God We Trust? Religion And American Political Life, Ed. Corwin E. Smidt. Ny: Baker Books, 2001., Peter Wielhouwer, Thomas Young

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Releasing The Fetters: Parties And The Mobilization Of The African-American Electorate, Peter Wielhouwer Jan 2000

Releasing The Fetters: Parties And The Mobilization Of The African-American Electorate, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

One of the most important functions of political parties is mobilizing the electorate during campaigns in order to help the party and its candidates win elections. To this end, the parties seek out particular types of potential voters, and this research assesses the efforts of the parties to mobilize African-Americans. Using the 1952–96 American National Election Studies and the 1996 National Black Election Study, I examine long-term patterns of party canvassing, bivariate effects of the party canvass on voting rates, and effects of the parties' activities on black voters in 1996. The findings show that the overall contacting rate ...


The Mobilization Of Campaign Activists By The Party Canvass, Peter Wielhouwer Mar 1999

The Mobilization Of Campaign Activists By The Party Canvass, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

This research examines the role of the personal contacting activities of the political parties as mobilizing forces in what Verba and Nie termed campaign activities. A reformulated rational choice model is discussed in which parties seek to reduce certain avoidable and unavoidable costs associated with political participation. Using data from the 1952 through 1994 American National Election Studies, it is shown that the party contact has been and continues to be a major factor in mobilizing campaign activists. Its influence is remarkably robust, maintaining statistical and substantive significance even after controlling for other important factors usually associated with political behavior.


A Contract With The People Of Georgia: The Politics Of An Insurgent Minority, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 1998

A Contract With The People Of Georgia: The Politics Of An Insurgent Minority, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

Examines contract developed by the Republican party in the 1994 elections, process by which it was constructed, use during political campaign, effects on elections, and legislative agenda it prompted


Campaign Activities, Peter Wielhouwer, John Clark, Brad Lockerbie Dec 1997

Campaign Activities, Peter Wielhouwer, John Clark, Brad Lockerbie

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Parties And The Mobilization Of Women, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 1996

Parties And The Mobilization Of Women, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Strategic Canvassing By Political Parties, 1952-90, Peter Wielhouwer Dec 1994

Strategic Canvassing By Political Parties, 1952-90, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

No abstract provided.


Party Contacting And Political Participation, 1952-90, Peter Wielhouwer Jan 1994

Party Contacting And Political Participation, 1952-90, Peter Wielhouwer

Peter W. Wielhouwer

Although the role of political parties in structuring vote choice has become considerably weaker in the last 30 years, we find that parties continue to be active organizations and contact one-fifth to one-quarter of the electorate, an activity that has important consequences. Specifically, when contacted by the parties, individuals have a greater propensity to vote and to engage in other political activities. We also find that each of the two major parties has the capability of mobilizing the electorate even when it is not the incumbent party. Even when placed alongside a plethora of control variables, these findings hold up ...