Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties In Advanced Industrial Democracies, 5th Edition

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Now, more than ever, people drive the democratic process. What people think of their government and its leaders, how (or whether) they vote, and what they do or say about a host of political issues greatly affect the further strengthening or erosion of democracy and democratic ideals. With helpful restructuring, the new fifth edition of Citizen Politics is even more student-friendly while continuing to offer the only truly comparative study of political attitudes and behavior in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. In addition to its comprehensive, thematic examination of political values, political activity, voting, and public images of government within a cross-national context, Citizen Politics now explores new forms of political activity, such as Internet-based activism, and new forms of political consumerism. All of the chapters have been updated with the latest research and empirical evidence, including new data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project, the World Values Survey, the International Social Survey Program, and the British and German national election studies. Further, Dalton devotes more attention to current academic debates over the decline of participation, the erosion of political support, and the implications for democracy. New Data Supplement! Give your students a firsthand opportunity to understand the process of public opinion research. A data supplement from the International Social Survey Program, along with matching SPSS files, are available online at college.cqpress.com/dalton.

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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 Dalton is professor of political science 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 recently 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 Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (2012), The Good Citizen (2009), Citizen Politics, 5th edition (2008), 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).

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