Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial…

Paperback | January 25, 2007

byRussell J. Dalton

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Most democratic citizens today are distrustful of politicians, political parties, and political institutions. Where once democracies expected an allegiant public, citizens now question the very pillars of representative democracy. Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices documents the erosionof political support in virtually all advanced industrial democracies. Assembling an unprecedented array of cross-national public opinion data, this study traces the current challenges to democracy primary to changing citizen values and rising expectations. These critical citizens are concentratedamong the young, the better educated, and the politically sophisticated. At the same time, the evidence debunks claims that such trends are a function of scandals, poor performance, and other government failures. Changing public are born from the successful social modernization of these nations. Acreedal passion for democracy is sweeping across the Western democracies, and people now expect more of their governments. This study concludes by examining the consequences of these changing images of government. The author finds that these expectations are making governing more difficult, but alsofueling demands for political reform. The choices that democracies make in response to these challenges may lead to a further expansion of the democratic process and a new relationship between citizens and their government

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Most democratic citizens today are distrustful of politicians, political parties, and political institutions. Where once democracies expected an allegiant public, citizens now question the very pillars of representative democracy. Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices documents the erosionof political support in virtually all advan...

Russell J. Dalton is a Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and a Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:January 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Challenge to DemocracyPart 1: The Evidence of Change2. Changing Citizen OrientationsEpilogue: American Reactions to September 11, 2001Part 2: The Sources of Change3. The Correlates of Political Support4. Social Change and the Cumulation of Incremental Effects5. Value Change and Political Support6. Economic Performance and Political Support7. Policy Preferences and Political SupportPart 3: The Effects of Change8. The Consequences of Political SupportPart 4: Conclusion9. Democratic Challenges, Democratic ChoicesReferencesIndex

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`Professor Dalton's dramatic findings should be required reading for every elected official and for every citizen concerned with democracy's future.'Gary Hart, United States Senator (Ret.)