Chart of the day (my book version)

Big day for me yesterday, after years and years of work, I finally sent the full draft of my book manuscript, The Politics of Parenthood (co-written with the fabulous Laurel Elder) to SUNY Press where it is under contract for review.  We still have to get some (presumably favorable) reviews and then make some (hopefully minimal) revisions, but this was a really big step.  I cannot at all remember how long Laurel and I have been working on this as a book, per se, but our very first research on the politics of parenthood was a conference paper from 2001!  There’s a lot of material in the book that we’ve published articles about– not the same as the book, but similar– mostly on how parents are different from non-parents (short version– moms are more liberal; fatherhood makes much less difference, when it does, it’s conservative), but I also realized there’s some really good in there that’s not seen the light of day but for conference presentations.

Among that, we’ve got a nice chapter looking at the increase in the use of parent-family themes in political rhetoric.  Here’s our chart of just how much presidents have referred to parents, families, children, etc., over the years in State of the Union Addresses:

Short version: it’s gone up a ton, and actually peaked around 2000.  Most notably there’s a huge jump around 1980 and we’ve consistently stayed well above the level of earlier decades.   The same effect occurs in Party Platforms and convention speeches.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Chart of the day (my book version)

  1. Jeff Pelletier says:

    I can’t wait to see Jon Stewart interview you when you get published!

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