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

Russell J. Dalton


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. This book documents the erosion of political support in virtually all advanced industrial democracies. Assembling a large array of cross-national public opinion data, this book traces the current challenges to democracy primary to changing citizen values and rising expectations. These dissatisfied democrats are concentrated among the young, the better educated, and t ... More

Keywords: distrust, regime support, democracy, political culture, public opinion, democratic reform, dissatisfied democrats

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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