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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: August 2020


  • Steven W. Webster, Indiana University
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • pp xvii-xviii


This chapter begins by defining “anger” in terms of both a personality trait and an emotion. It then highlights the sources of anger in the American public before introducing the trends to be studied in the book (declining trust in government, weakening commitment to democratic values, and partisan loyalty in voting).