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Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, and Ian McAllister

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.001.0001

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Party Mobilization and Campaign Participation

Party Mobilization and Campaign Participation

(p.56) 3 Party Mobilization and Campaign Participation
Political Parties and Democratic Linkage

Russell J. Dalton

David M. Farrell

Ian McAllister

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the continuing importance of parties in mobilizing citizen participation in elections. It first discusses the theoretical debates over the parties' role as agents of mobilization. It describes the reasons why party contacting may be important in mobilizing voters, and outlines the levels of voting and campaign activity across the nations in the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) study. It then details the levels of party contacting across these nations and the factors that affect levels of contacting. Finally, it develops a multivariate model of voting and campaign activity to assess the direct and psychological effects of party contact on participation.

Keywords:   political parties, election campaigns, citizen participation, political participation, voting, campaign activity, Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

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