The Apartisan American: Dealignment and the Transformation of Electoral Politics

The Apartisan American: Dealignment and the Transformation of Electoral Politics

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By (author) Russell J. Dalton

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  • Publisher: CQ Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 226mm x 13mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 18 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 1452216940
  • ISBN 13: 9781452216942
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 696,721

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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.

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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.

Table of contents

The Apartisan American The Two Sides of the Dealignment Debate Do Partisans Go to Heaven? Mobilization and Democratic Citizenship Becoming Active in Politics Images of the Political Parties Making Candidate Choices Switchers, Splitters and Late Deciders Dealignment in Comparative Perspective Electoral Politics Past and Future