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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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Partisan Change and the Democratic Process

Partisan Change and the Democratic Process

(p.261) 12 Partisan Change and the Democratic Process
Parties Without Partisans

Russell J. Dalton (Contributor Webpage)

Martin P. Wattenberg (Contributor Webpage)

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This summarizes the findings of this book. Partisanship in the electorate is clearly declining in many respects, but there has been little impact on parties in government to date. In the meantime, parties as organizations have neither declined nor stayed stable, but rather adapted to a much‐changed political environment. Thus, V.O. Key's distinction between the three different levels of parties becomes crucial to keep in mind when considering the topic of partisan change in advanced industrialized democracies. The chapter offers several scenarios concerning how foreseeable changes in communication technology may affect parties in the near future.

Keywords:   communication, electorate, government, mass media, mass parties, modernization, organizations, partisanship, party decline, V.O.Key

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