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The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy

The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy

by Alan I. AbramowitzAlan I. Abramowitz
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Renowned political scientist Alan I. Abramowitz presents a groundbreaking argument that the most important divide in American politics is not between left and right but rather between citizens who are politically engaged and those who are not. It is th

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300168297
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alan I. Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Polarization in the Age of Obama 1

2 The Engaged Public 15

3 Partisan-Ideological Polarization 34

4 Polarization and Social Groups 62

5 Polarization and Elections 84

6 Polarization in a Changing Electorate 111

7 Polarization and Representation 139

8 Polarization and Democratic Governance 158

Notes 173

Index 187

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Byrne Edsall

Alan Abramowitz has produced a definitive work on the consequences of a divided electorate in elections, in policy making, and in the capacity for winners to govern. The Disappearing Center is a major contribution to the study of contemporary American politics.(Thomas Edsall, author of Building Red America and Chain Reaction)

Larry J. Sabato

No one is better at analyzing the American voter than Alan Abramowitz. In this exceptionally revealing volume, Professor Abramowitz convincingly explains one of the most discussed phenomena of our time, political polarization.(Larry J. Sabato, author of A More Perfect Constitution)

Bill Bishop

Alan Abramowitz explains the most pressing political problem of the day—how Americans have grown so politically divided that they barely speak the same language.(Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart)

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