Apartisan American Dealignment and Changing Electoral Politics

ISBN-10: 1452216940
ISBN-13: 9781452216942
Edition: 2013 (Revised)
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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 2/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.45" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Party identification is often considered the most important concept in modern electoral research-yet Americans’ party ties have eroded. Today, independents comprise the largest portion of voters, outnumbering either Democrats or Republicans. This provocative book sheds new light on the dealignment trend with the emergence of an independent voter Dalton is calling the Apartisan American. Utilizing 60 years of electoral surveys, Dalton’s friendly and concise narrative shows students just who these apartisans are and how they’re introducing new volatility into electoral politics, changing the calculus of electoral decision making, and altering the behavior of political parties. Dalton also shows the same dealignment trend happening in other established democracies. Understanding these apartisans is key to understanding the 2012 election as well as party and electoral politics into the future.

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
Author Biography
Introduction
The Apartisan American
The Concept of Party Identification
The Implications of Partisan Dealignment
Plus �a Change, or Real Change?
Partisan Dealignment
The Two Sides of the Dealignment Debate
Two Views of Partisan Change
How to Measure Partisanship
The Growth of Independents
A Closer Look at Independents
Registering Their Independence
We Are Not Alone
A Changing Public
Can Partisans Go to Heaven?
Who Are the Independents?
Growing Up Independent
Cognitive Mobilization and Independents
Attitudes and Nonpartisanship
Conclusion
Appendix: Multivariate Analysis
COG-Partisans and Democratic Citizenship
Encouraging Democratic Citizenship
The Effects of Mobilization Patterns
Political Information Seeking
Political Knowledge
Enlightened Citizenship
Is It Just Politics?
Conclusion
Political Participation
Becoming Active in Politics
Mobilization in Elections
Voting
Campaign Activity
Participation beyond Elections
Direct Action
Protest Activity
Internet Activism
The Paths to Political Participation
Electoral Politics
Images of Parties and the Party System
The Salience of Political Parties
Cognitive-Partisan Groups and Party Salience
Party Likes and Dislikes
A Closer Look at Party Polarization
A Second Look at Polarization
Variations in Party Affect
Images of the Party System
Making Candidate Choices
Partisanship: The Baseline
Candidate Awareness
The Contents of Candidate Images
From Candidate Images to Preferences
Mobilization Patterns and Candidate Choice
Conclusion
Appendix: Predicting Candidate Preferences
Switchers, Splitters, and Late Deciders
Do Campaigns Matter?
Swing Voters
Another Close Look at Independents
Third-Party Voting
Split-Ticket Voting
A Changeable Electorate
The Comparative Perspective
Dealignment in Comparative Perspective
The Strength of Party Ties
Cognitive and Partisan Mobilization
Describing Cog-Partisans
Patterns of Political Action
Electoral Behavior
Cross-National Evidence of Dealignment
Conclusion
Appendix: National Trends in Party Identification
Electoral Politics Past and Future
The Evidence of Dealignment
The Implications of Dealignment
Electoral Politics
Political Engagement
Lessons for the Political Parties
Dealignment and Democracy
Endnotes
Index

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