Everett Carll Ladd

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Everett Carll Ladd, Jr. (1937 - 1999) was an American political scientist based at the University of Connecticut. He was best known for his analysis and collection of public opinion polls. He directed the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut. The mission was to collect and preserve the reports and the original raw computerized data (on IBM cards and tapes) of polls and surveys since the 1930s. At his death he had amasses 14,000 surveys from many countries. He was also an expert on the opinions and careers of social scientists.[1]

He was born on Sept. 24, 1937, in Saco, Maine. He graduated from Bates College and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University. He joined the Connecticut faculty in 1964 and retired in 1999.

He wrote twenty books and a widely used university textbook on American government. He was awarded fellowships from the Ford, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Center for International Studies at Harvard, the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California. He has been called, "One of the leading realignment theorists."[2]

Ladd was critical of grand models of realignment and focused instead on highly specific details in major presidential elections.[3][4]

He reached out to the public through a column in The Christian Science Monitor (1987-1995) and op-ed essays in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many others. The media often interviewed him regarding new polling results. . He was a senior editor of Public Opinion magazine and an editor at The American Enterprise magazine.

Bibliography[edit]

  • American Political Parties; Social Change and Political Response (1970)
  • "The Politics of American Sociologists," American Journal of Sociology (1972) 78#1 pp. 67–104 in JSTOR, with Seymour Martin Lipset
  • "Party Definition and Party Differentiation," Public Opinion Quarterly (1973) 37#1 pp. 21–34 in JSTOR. with Charles D. Hadley
  • Academics, politics, and the 1972 election (1973)
  • Political Parties and Political Issues: Patterns in Differentiation Since the New Deal (1974) with Charles D. Hadley
  • The Divided Academy: Professors and Politics (1976) with Seymour Martin Lipset
  • Transformations of the American Party Systems Political Coalitions from the New Deal to the 1970's (1978) with Charles D. Hadley
  • Where Have All the Voters Gone? The Fracturing of America's Political Parties (1978)
  • "On Mandates, Realignments, and the 1984 Presidential Election," Political Science Quarterly (1985) 100#1 pp 1–24. in JSTOR
  • Ideology in America (1986)
  • "Like Waiting for Godot: The Uselessness of 'Realignment' for Understanding Change in Contemporary American Politics." in The End of Realignment? Interpreting American Electoral Eras. Byron E. Shafer, ed. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991)
  • "The 1994 congressional elections: The postindustrial realignment continues," Political Science Quarterly (1995) 110#1 pp 1–22 in JSTOR
  • Public Opinion in America and Japan: How We See Each Other and Ourselves (1996), with Karlyn H. Bowman
  • The American polity: The people and their government (1993), textbook in six editions
  • Negro Political Leadership in the South (reprint 2000)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Seymour Martin Lipset and Everett Carll Ladd, Jr.. "The Politics of American Sociologists," American Journal of Sociology (1972) 78#1 pp. 67-104 in JSTOR
  2. ^ Robert William Fogel (2002). The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism. U of Chicago Press. p. 35. 
  3. ^ Renée M. Lamis (2009). The Realignment of Pennsylvania Politics Since 1960: Two-party Competition in a Battleground State. Penn State Press. p. 28. 
  4. ^ Ladd, *"Like Waiting for Godot: The Uselessness of 'Realignment' for Understanding Change in Contemporary American Politics." in The End of Realignment? Interpreting American Electoral Eras. Byron E. Shafer, ed. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991)

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