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Citizen Politics
Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Seventh Edition
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December 2018 | 360 pages | CQ Press
“The book’s combined focus on parties as institutions and systems, alongside political attitudes and behaviors, is why I use it…I have yet to find another text that accomplishes this.”
  —Meredith Conroy, California State University, San Bernardino

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. This fully updated, shorter Seventh Edition of Citizen Politics continues 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, the updated edition of this bestseller explores how cultural issues, populism, Trump and far right parties are reshaping politics in contemporary democracies. All chapters have been updated with the latest research and empirical evidence. Further, Dalton includes recent research on citizens’ political behavior in USA, Britain, France, and Germany, as well as new evidence from national election studies in USA 2016, Britain 2017, France 2017, and Germany 2017. 
 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
CHAPTER 1. Introduction
Comparing Public Opinion across Nations

 
Choosing Nations to Compare

 
A New Style of Citizen Politics

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
PART I. POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC
 
CHAPTER 2. The Nature of Citizen Beliefs
The Supercitizen

 
Reality versus a Theoretical Ideal

 
Elitist Theory of Democracy

 
Political Sophistication Reconsidered

 
Politics and the Public

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 3. How We Participate
Modes of Participation

 
Voting

 
Campaign Activity

 
Direct Contacting

 
Communal Activity

 
Protest and Contentious Action

 
Wired Activism

 
Changing Publics and Political Participation

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Who Participates?
The Civic Voluntarism Model

 
Who Votes?

 
Campaign Activity

 
Direct Contacting

 
Communal Activity

 
Who Protests?

 
Internet Activism

 
Comparing the Correlates of Different Activities

 
Participation and the Democratic Process

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
PART II. POLITICAL ORIENTATIONS
 
CHAPTER 5. Values in Change
The Nature of Value Change

 
The Distribution of Values

 
How Values Change

 
The Consequences of Value Change

 
Social Change and Value Change

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Issues and Ideological Orientations
Socioeconomic Issues and the State

 
Cultural Issues

 
Foreign Policy Opinions

 
Left/Right Orientations

 
Public Opinion and Political Change

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
PART III. THE ELECTORAL CONNECTION
 
CHAPTER 7. Elections and Political Parties
The History of Party Systems

 
Four Contemporary Party Systems

 
The Structure of Political Alignments

 
Party Systems Today

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 8. The Social Bases of Party Support
The Logic of Social Groups and Voting

 
Social Class and the Vote

 
Why Is Class Voting Decreasing?

 
Religion and the Vote

 
Other Social Group Differences

 
The Transformation of Social Cleavages

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Partisanship and Voting
A Sociopsychological Model of Voting

 
Partisan Attitudes

 
The Consequences of Partisanship

 
Partisan Dealignment

 
Causes of Dealignment

 
The Consequences of Dealignment

 
Cognitive Mobilization and Apartisans

 
Politics in a Dealigned Era

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Attitudes and Voting Choice
Principles of Issue Voting

 
Position Issues and the Vote

 
Policy Cleavages and the Vote

 
Performance Issues and the Vote

 
Candidate Images and the Vote

 
The End of the Causal Funnel

 
One Electorate or Many?

 
Citizen Politics and Voting Behavior

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Political Representation
Collective Correspondence

 
Dyadic Correspondence

 
The Party Government Model

 
The Impact of Representation

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
PART IV. DEMOCRACY AND THE FUTURE
 
CHAPTER 12. Citizens and the Democratic Process
The Types of Political Support

 
Declining Confidence in Authorities

 
Views of Political Institutions

 
Support for a Democratic Regime

 
Community Support

 
Dissatisfied Democrats

 
The New Style of Democratic Politics

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Appendix A: Statistical Primer
 
Appendix B: Major Data Sources
 
Appendix C: 2014 International Social Survey Codebook
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resources Site

Use the Instructor Resources Site to get the most out of your course!

Our Instructor Resources Site offers a range of additional features, including the following:

  • The 2014 International Social Survey Codebook (Appendix C of the textbook) 
  • Four data files for the Statistical Package in the Social Sciences (SPSS). The data files include data for the four core nations discussed in the book: The United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany.




“The book’s combined focus on parties as institutions and systems, alongside political attitudes and behaviors, is why I use it…I have yet to find another text that accomplishes this.”

Meredith Conroy
California State University, San Bernardino

“[Citizen Politics] has a clear writing style with interesting, relevant comparisons across the four democracies covered in the book.”

James Adams
University of California, Davis

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 12: Citizens and the Democratic Process


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