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The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy

Howard G. Lavine, Christopher D. Johnston, and Marco R. Steenbergen


Over the past half-century, two overarching topics have dominated the study of mass political behaviour: How do ordinary citizens form their political judgments, and how good are they from a normative perspective? This book provides a novel goal-based approach to these questions, one that compels a wholesale rethinking of the roots of responsible democratic citizenship. The central claim of the book is that partisan identity comes in qualitatively different forms, with distinct political consequences. Blind partisan loyalty, as the pejorative label implies, facilitates bias and reduces attenti ... More

Keywords: mass politics, partisanship, voting, political behavior, motivated reasoning, citizenship, critical loyalty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard G. Lavine, author
University of Minnesota

Christopher D. Johnston, author
Duke University

Marco R. Steenbergen, author
University of Zurich