Citizen Politics Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

ISBN-10: 0872895378

ISBN-13: 9780872895379

Edition: 5th 2008 (Revised)

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List price: $51.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Russell Dalton is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and former director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. His research and teaching focuses on the changing nature of citizen politics in contemporary democracies. He has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, a German Marshall Fund Fellowship, Barbra Streisand Center Fellowship and POSCO Research Fellowship. He has served on the boards of the American National Election Study, the British Election Study and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Among his recent authored or edited books are The Apartisan American (2012), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (2011), Citizens, Context and Choice (2011), The Good Citizen (2009), Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (2007), Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim (2006), Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2004), Democracy Transformed? The Expansion of Citizen Access in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2003), and Parties without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies (co-editor, 2001). He has also appeared in six feature-length Hollywood movies.

Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction
The Comparative Study of Public Opinion
Choosing Nations to Compare
A New Style of Citizen Politics
Suggested Readings
Notes
Politics and the Public
The Nature of Mass Beliefs
The Supercitizen
The Unsophisticated Citizen
Elitist Theory of Democracy
Political Sophistication Reconsidered
Politics and the Public
Suggested Readings
Notes
How We Participate
Modes of Participation
Voting
Campaign Activity
Direct Contacting
Communal Activity
Protest and Contentious Action
Wired Activism
Changing Publics and Political Participation
Suggested Readings
Notes
Who Participates?
The Civic Voluntarism Model
Who Votes?
Campaign Activity
Direct Contacting
Communal Activity
Who Protests?
Internet Activism
Comparing the Correlates of Different Activities
Participation and Contemporary Democracies
Suggested Readings
Notes
Political Orientations
Values in Change
The Nature of Value Change
The Distribution of Values
The Process of Value Change
The Consequences of Value Change
Value Change and Value Stability
Suggested Readings
Notes
Issues and Ideological Orientations
Domestic Policy Opinions
Foreign Policy Opinions
Left/Right Orientations
Public Opinion and Political Change
Suggested Readings
Notes
The Electoral Connection
Elections and Political Parties
An Overview of Four Party Systems
The History of Party Systems
The Structure of Political Alignments
Contemporary Party Systems
Suggested Readings
Notes
The Social Bases of Party Support
The Social Group Model of Voting
Social Class and the Vote
Why Is Class Voting Decreasing?
Religion and the Vote
Other Social Group Differences
New Politics and the Vote
The Transformation of Social Cleavages
Suggested Readings
Notes
Partisanship and Voting
A Sociopsychological Model of Voting
Partisan Attitudes
Learning Partisanship
The Impact of Partisanship
Partisan Dealignment
Consequences of Dealignment
Causes of Dealignment
Politics in a Dealigned Era
Suggested Readings
Notes
Attitudes and Electoral Behavior
Principles of Issue Voting
Position Issues and the Vote
Performance Issues and the Vote
Candidate Images and the Vote
The End of the Causal Funnel
One Electorate or Many?
Citizen Politics and Voting Behavior
Suggested Readings
Notes
Political Representation
Collective Correspondence
Dyadic Correspondence
The Party Government Model
Patterns of Political Representation
Suggested Readings
Notes
Democracy and the Future
Citizens and the Democratic Process
Aspects of Political Support
Declining Confidence in Authorities
Views of Political Institutions
Support for a Democratic Regime
Community Support
Dissatisfied Democrats
Suggested Readings
Notes
Statistical Primer
Major Data Sources
2004 International Social Survey Codebook
References
Index
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