What does democracy expect of its citizens, and how do the citizenry match these expectations? This Oxford Handbook examines the role of the citizen in contemporary politics, based on essays from the world's leading scholars of political behavior research. The recent expansion of democracy has both given new rights and created new responsibilities for the citizenry. These political changes are paralleled by tremendous advances in our empirical knowledge of
citizens and their behaviors through the institutionalization of systematic, comparative study of contemporary publics-ranging from the advanced industrial democracies to the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, to new survey research on the developing world. These essays describe how citizens
think about politics, how their values shape their behavior, the patterns of participation, the sources of vote choice, and how public opinion impacts on governing and public policy.
This is the most comprehensive review of the cross-national literature of citizen behavior and the relationship between citizens and their governments. It will become the first point of reference for scholars and students interested in these key issues.
Russell J. Dalton is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He has been a Fulbright Professor at the University of Mannheim, a German Marshall Research Fellow and a POSCO Fellow at the East/West Center. His scholarly interests include comparative political behavior, political parties, social movements, and empirical democratic theory. Hans-Dieter Klingemann is Professor Emeritus at the Social Science Research Center, Berlin. His publications comprise numerous books and well above a hundred journal articles or book chapters (author or co-author).
PART I INTRODUCTION; PART II MASS BELIEF SYSTEMS AND COMMUNICATION; PART III MODERNIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE; PART IV POLITICAL VALUES; PART V NEW DEBATES IN POLITICAL BEHAVIOR; PART VI POLITICAL PARTICIPATION; PART VII DOES PUBLIC OPINION MATTER?; PART VIII THE METHODOLOGY OF COMPARATIVE POLITICAL BEHAVIOR RESEARCH