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Parties Without PartisansPolitical Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies$
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Russell J. Dalton and Martin P. Wattenberg

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253099.001.0001

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The Consequences of Partisan Dealignment

The Consequences of Partisan Dealignment

(p.37) 3 The Consequences of Partisan Dealignment
Parties Without Partisans

Russell J. Dalton (Contributor Webpage)

Ian McAllister (Contributor Webpage)

Martin P. Wattenberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Assembles cross‐national data to demonstrate the behavioural consequences of partisan dealignment. Without the reinforcement of habitual party ties, more voters are waiting longer to decide for whom they will vote, and in the countries where ticket splitting is possible, more are dividing their party choices. Candidate‐centred politics appears to be on the rise, although this is much more pronounced in presidential than parliamentary systems, and signifying the different style of dealignment politics, participation in campaigns and volunteer work for political parties is decreasing. In short, partisan dealignment is transforming the relationship between some voters and political parties—a relationship that was once seen as an essential element in the process of representative government.

Keywords:   campaigns, candidate‐centred politics, dealignment, electoral volatility, parliamentary system, participation, political parties, presidential system, split‐ticket voting

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