From the Inside Flap
2. The Two Sides of the Dealignment Debate
3. Do Partisans Go to Heaven?
4. Mobilization and Democratic Citizenship
5. Becoming Active in Politics
6. Images of the Political Parties
7. Making Candidate Choices
8. Switchers, Splitters and Late Deciders
9. Dealignment in Comparative Perspective
10. Electoral Politics Past and Future
From the Back Cover
- Paul A. Beck, The Ohio State University
"Russell Dalton carefully crafts a provocative argument in his new book, The Apartisan American. Rejecting the traditional typology of voters as strong versus weak partisans or pure versus leaning independents, Dalton focuses on a classification based on cognitive abilities, political interest, and party attachments. Americans with higher cognitive abilities and greater political interest are best viewed as either cognitive partisans or apartisans, depending upon partisan attachments, while those with lower interest and skills are categorized as ritual partisans or apolitical independents. Dalton skillfully demonstrates how this four-fold classification better explains current patterns and historical trends in political involvement and voter preferences. He concludes the book with evidence of similar dealignments and a growth in apartisans in other democracies."
- Barbara Norrander, University of Arizona
"This is a characteristically impressive book that sheds new light on the independent voter and uses an unrivalled time-series to tell us who they are, what they think and--most importantly--how they vote."
- Ian McAllister, Australian National University