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

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This book introduces the reader to the knowledge we have of comparative political behavior, the questions that remain, and the implications of these findings. The analyses focus on the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and France in a broad cross-national context. Dalton offers the theory that the "quality" of citizen politics is alive and well whereas the institutions of democracy are in disarray. This revision of Citizen Politics not only expands its original thesis but also high-lights the newly found strengths and the challenges today's democracy must face.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction 

PART ONE: POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC
2. The Nature of Mass Beliefs
3. How We Participate
4. Who Participates

PART TWO: POLITICAL ORIENTATIONS
5. Values in Change
6. Issues and Ideological Orientations

PART THREE: THE ELECTORAL CONNECTION
7. Elections and Political Parties
8. The Social Bases of Party Support
9. Partisanship and Electoral Behavior
10. Attitudes and Electoral Behavior
11. Political Representation

PART FOUR: DEMOCRACY AND THE FUTURE
12. Citizens and the Democratic Process

About the Author:

Russell J. Dalton is professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine and the author, co-author, or editor of many books, including Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2004), Critical Masses: Citizens, Environmental Destruction, and Nuclear Weapons Production in Russia and the United States (1999), and The Green Rainbow: Environmental Interest Groups in Western Europe (1994).

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