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Citizen Politics

Citizen Politics
Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Seventh Edition

January 2019 | 340 pages | CQ Press
1. Introduction
Comparing Public Opinion across Nations  
Choosing Nations to Compare  
A New Style of Citizen Politics  
Suggested Readings  
Part One: Politics and the Public
2. The Nature of Mass Beliefs
The Supercitizen  
Reality Versus a Theoretical Ideal  
Elitist Theory of Democracy  
Political Sophistication Reconsidered  
Politics and the Public  
Suggested Readings  
3. How We Participate
Modes of Participation  
Campaign Activity  
Direct Contacting  
Communal Activity  
Protest and Contentious Action  
Wired Activism  
Changing Publics and Political Participation  
Suggested Readings  
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  
Part Two: Political Orientations
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  
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  
Part Three: The Electoral Connection
7. Elections and Political Parties
The History of Party Systems  
Four Contemporary Party Systems  
The Structure of Political Alignments  
Party Systems Today  
Suggested Readings  
8. The Social Bases of Party Support
The Logic of Social Group Voting  
Social Class and the Vote  
Why Is Class Voting Decreasing?  
Religion and the Vote  
Other Social Group Differences  
New Politics and the Vote  
The Transformation of Social Cleavages  
Suggested Readings  
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  
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  
11. Political Representation
Collective Correspondence  
Dyadic Correspondence  
The Party Government Model  
The Impact of Representation  
Suggested Readings  
Part Four: Democracy and the Future
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  
Appendix A: Statistical Primer
Appendix B: Major Data Sources
Appendix C: International Social Survey Program 2014 Codebook
Key features


  • Coverage of the most recent elections in the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany help readers understand the latest trends in voter behavior.
  • New discussions of citizen sophistication show readers its implications for democratic citizenship.
  • Coverage of current controversies in public opinion and electoral research encourages critical thinking.
  • Expanded coverage of cross-national research on political representation deepens the research base of the text.
  • A new data module from the World Values Survey facilitates student research projects.
  • In-text learning aids include updated lists of suggested readings in each chapter, as well as an extensive bibliography on the most recent political behavior research.


  • Provides the only truly comparative study of political participation, behavior, and elections in the U.S., Germany, France, and Great Britain, highlighting what is unique and common.
  • Explores competing political theories using a rich array of genuinely comparative data, encouraging readers to undertake further analyses on their own.
  • Includes a wealth of current data on elections, public opinion, political values, and more, all in nearly 100 tables and figures.
  • Provides useful appendices, including a statistical primer, list of major data sources, and accompanying codebook.

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ISBN: 9781544351780