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Facing the Challenge of DemocracyExplorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation$
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Paul M. Sniderman and Benjamin Highton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151106

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151106.001.0001

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Issue Preferences, Civic Engagement, and the Transformation of American Politics

Issue Preferences, Civic Engagement, and the Transformation of American Politics

(p.329) XIV Issue Preferences, Civic Engagement, and the Transformation of American Politics
Facing the Challenge of Democracy

Edward G. Carmines

Michael J. Ensley

Michael W. Wagner

Princeton University Press

This chapter offers a new perspective on political participation that has its roots in an elite-driven theory of political behavior. It argues that as the parties have become increasingly ideologically distinct from one another, there is an increased tendency for voters with issue preferences that match certain party positions to engage in a higher level of political participation than citizens whose preferences do not reflect these party positions. The chapter then presents over thirty years of evidence from the ANES to test its hypotheses about ideological consistency and political participation. Finally, the chapter summarizes these results and discusses their implications with respect to understanding both contemporary and future American politics.

Keywords:   issue preferences, civic engagement, political participations, elite-driven theory, ideological consistency, political behavior

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