Hopkins

David A. Hopkins

Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About David

Hopkins' research concerns American elections and party politics, especially the ways that political institutions intermediate between the preferences of voters and the behavior of elites. He is the author of Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics and the co-author (with Matt Grossmann) of Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award. His analysis has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Vox, and he serves as co-editor of the research journal The Forum.

Contributions

In the News

David A. Hopkins's research on Democratic identity discussed by Thomas B. Edsall, "The Democratic Party Picked an Odd Time to Have an Identity Crisis," The New York Times, August 2, 2018.
David A. Hopkins quoted by Brian Dowling, "Voter Registration Reform Urged for Bay State" Boston Herald, June 12, 2018.
David A. Hopkins quoted on ideological media by Thomas B. Edsall, "Meet the New Boss. Actually Quite Different from the Old Boss." The New York Times, April 26, 2018.
"Why Ryan and McConnell Are More Afraid of Trump than He is of Them," David A. Hopkins, Interview with Andrew Prokop, Vox, August 25, 2017.
"Trump isn't Changing the Republican Party. The Republican Party is Changing Trump," David A. Hopkins (with Matt Grossmann), The Washington Post, August 2, 2017.
"Understanding the GOP's Health Care Failure- and the Deeper Existential Crisis of Conservative Politics ," David A. Hopkins, Interview with Paul Rosenberg, Salon, April 23, 2017.
David A. Hopkins's research on Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang , "Politics and Polls #21: Asymmetric Politics," Woocast, November 17, 2016.
"Why the GOP Will Survive after Donald Trump," David A. Hopkins (with Matt Grossmann), Detroit Free Press, September 18, 2016.

Publications

Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (with Matt Grossmann) (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Argues that the two major American parties have distinctive natures and operate in fundamentally different ways: the Republican party is the agent of an ideological movement, prizing doctrinal purity and devotion to abstract values, while the Democratic Party is instead a coalition of social groups demanding government action to address specific practical problems and interests. Emphasizes that this asymmetry is evident across a number of political contexts, including congressional and presidential politics, the formation and influence of interest groups, the news media and think tank universe, electoral campaigns and nominations, and the bases of citizen partisan identification.

Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Demonstrates that two key features of the American electoral system- geographically-defined constituencies and winner-take-all electoral rules- are driving forces behind the trend of increasing partisan loyalty and ideological polarization among elected officials in the United States. 

Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics, 14th Edition (with Steven E. Schier and deceased founding authors Nelson W. Polsky and Aaron Wildavsky) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Provides a comprehensive overview of the presidential election process in the United States, emphasizing the strategic complexity faced by candidates due to the party nomination system, the nature of media coverage, and the challenges, of persuading and mobilizing voters.