Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

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About the Author:
Russell J. Dalton is professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483300924
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents


Tables and Figures     xi
Preface     xv
Introduction     1
The Comparative Study of Public Opinion     3
Choosing Nations to Compare     4
A New Style of Citizen Politics     6
Suggested Readings     10
Notes     10
Politics and the Public     11
The Nature of Mass Beliefs     13
The Supercitizen     13
The Unsophisticated Citizen     14
Elitist Theory of Democracy     17
Political Sophistication Reconsidered     18
Politics and the Public     28
Suggested Readings     30
Notes     31
How We Participate     32
Modes of Participation     33
Voting     36
Campaign Activity     40
Direct Contacting     44
Communal Activity     45
Protest and Contentious Action     48
Wired Activism     52
Changing Publics and Political Participation     53
Suggested Readings     55
Notes     55
Who Participates?     57
The Civic Voluntarism Model     57
Who Votes?     59
Campaign Activity     64
Direct Contacting     65
Communal Activity     66
Who Protests?     66
Internet Activism     69
Comparing the Correlates of Different Activities     70
Participation and Contemporary Democracies     72
Suggested Readings     75
Notes     75
Political Orientations     77
Values in Change     79
The Nature of Value Change     80
The Distribution of Values     84
The Process of Value Change     86
The Consequences of Value Change     91
Value Change and Value Stability     93
Suggested Readings     95
Notes     95
Issues and Ideological Orientations     97
Domestic Policy Opinions     98
Foreign Policy Opinions     113
Left/Right Orientations     115
Public Opinion and Political Change     117
Suggested Readings     119
Notes     120
The Electoral Connection     121
Elections and Political Parties     123
An Overview of Four Party Systems     124
The History of Party Systems      128
The Structure of Political Alignments     132
Contemporary Party Systems     139
Suggested Readings     140
Notes     141
The Social Bases of Party Support     143
The Social Group Model of Voting     143
Social Class and the Vote     145
Why Is Class Voting Decreasing?     151
Religion and the Vote     152
Other Social Group Differences     160
New Politics and the Vote     161
The Transformation of Social Cleavages     166
Suggested Readings     168
Notes     169
Partisanship and Voting     170
A Sociopsychological Model of Voting     170
Partisan Attitudes     172
Learning Partisanship     174
The Impact of Partisanship     178
Partisan Dealignment     180
Consequences of Dealignment     183
Causes of Dealignment     185
Politics in a Dealigned Era     189
Suggested Readings     190
Notes     191
Attitudes and Electoral Behavior     193
Principles of Issue Voting     194
Position Issues and the Vote      198
Performance Issues and the Vote     205
Candidate Images and the Vote     207
The End of the Causal Funnel     208
One Electorate or Many?     211
Citizen Politics and Voting Behavior     213
Suggested Readings     215
Notes     215
Political Representation     218
Collective Correspondence     219
Dyadic Correspondence     223
The Party Government Model     226
Patterns of Political Representation     231
Suggested Readings     232
Notes     233
Democracy and the Future     235
Citizens and the Democratic Process     237
Aspects of Political Support     239
Declining Confidence in Authorities     241
Views of Political Institutions     244
Support for a Democratic Regime     248
Community Support     250
Dissatisfied Democrats     251
Suggested Readings     258
Notes     259
Statistical Primer     261
Major Data Sources     267
2004 International Social Survey Codebook     272
References     299
Index      323
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