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Parties Without Partisans Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies

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ISBN-10: 0199253099

ISBN-13: 9780199253098

Edition: 2002

Authors: Russell J. Dalton, Martin P. Wattenberg

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If democracy without political parties is unthinkable, what would happen if the role of political parties if the democratic process is weakened? The ongoing debate about the vitality of political parties is also a debate about the vitality of representative democracy. Leading scholars in the field of party research assess the evidence for partisan decline or adaptation for the OECD nations in this book. It documents the broadscale erosion of the public's partisan identities in virtually all advanced industrial democracies. Partisan dealignment is diminishing involvement in electoral politics, and for those who participate it leads to more volatility in their voting choices, an openness to…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
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…    

Martin P. Wattenberg is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

parties Without Partisans
Comparative Politics
Parties Without Partisans
List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Parties in the Electorate
the Decline of Party Identifications
the Decline of Party Mobilization
Parties as Political Organizations
Parties Without Members?
Quantitative Changes in the Resourcing of West European Political Parties
Appendix Leadership Selectorate Details, by Party
Parties in Government
Parties in Legislatures
Parties at the Core of Government
on the Primacy of Party in Government