This volume examines how social modernization has changed the framework of political competition for citizens and political parties in affluent democracies, and discusses the electoral and political implications of these trends.
This volume examines the changing patterns of political participation over the past quarter of a century and the ways they have altered the relationship between citizens and their government. It documents the growing participation gap in contemporary democracies and proposes a variety of methods to narrow the gap.
This volume examines how political parties ensure the functioning of the democratic process in contemporary societies. Based on unprecedented cross-national data, the authors find that the process of party government is still alive and well in most contemporary democracies
Parties, party choice, and partisanship in East Asia / Russell J. Dalton, Yun-han Chu, and Doh Chull Shin -- Electoral systems and party systems / Benjamin Reilly -- The patterns of party alignment / Russell J. Dalton and Aiji Tanaka -- The development of partisanship / Emile C. J. Sheng -- Social structure and party support / Ian McAllister -- Value cleavages, issues, and partisanship / Aie-Rie Lee -- Partisanship and citizen politics / Yun-han Chu and Min-hua Huang -- Partisanship and democratization / Doh Chull Shin and Rollin F. Tusalem -- Citizens, political parties, and democratic development / Doh Chull Shin, Russell J. Dalton, and Yun-han Chu
Most democratic citizens today are distrustful of politicians political parties and political institutions. This text documents the erosion of political support in virtually all advanced industrial democracies.