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The Ambivalent PartisanHow Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy$
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Howard G. Lavine, Christopher D. Johnston, and Marco R. Steenbergen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199772759

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772759.001.0001

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Partisan Ambivalence and the Contingent Nature of Political Judgment

Partisan Ambivalence and the Contingent Nature of Political Judgment

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Partisan Ambivalence and the Contingent Nature of Political Judgment
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The Ambivalent Partisan
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Howard G. Lavine

Christopher D. Johnston

Marco R. Steenbergen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772759.003.0001

This chapter reviews the conventional wisdom on good citizenship, and contrasts this perspective with one focusing on incentives and motivation, and on the importance of situational flexibility in political judgment. The chapter situates the book within the larger literature on partisanship, arguing for a perspective that transcends the debate between “traditionalists” and “revisionists” in proposing that partisanship is multifaceted. The chapter also lays out the phenomenon of ambivalent partisanship, and explains how this key variable moderates the nature and quality of political judgment and behavior.

Keywords:   ambivalent partisan, political judgment, critical loyalty

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