The Consequences of Partisan Dealignment

Russell J. Dalton, Ian McAllister and Martin P. Wattenberg

in Parties Without Partisans

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253098
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599026 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

The Consequences of Partisan Dealignment

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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

Chapter.  10764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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