Popular satisfaction with the party system and representative democracy inthe United States

Authors
Citation
J. Dennis et D. Owen, Popular satisfaction with the party system and representative democracy inthe United States, INT POL SCI, 22(4), 2001, pp. 399-415
Citations number
45
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Politucal Science & public Administration
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0192-5121 → ACNP
Volume
22
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
399 - 415
Database
ISI
SICI code
0192-5121(200110)22:4<399:PSWTPS>2.0.ZU;2-0
Abstract
There are a variety of explanations for diminished levels of popular suppor t for American government, institutions, and leaders evident since the Wate rgate era. Prominent theories focus on the changing nature of us political culture or perceptions of economic conditions. A plausible alternative expl anation is that citizens feel inadequately represented by agents of governm ent, and that the linkages facilitating representation no longer function e ffectively. Although the role of political parties often is portrayed as de clining, parties still have the potential to be meaningful conduits for cit izen representation. The article examines explanations for public support o r alienation from various dimensions of the political system, focusing on c itizens' orientations toward political parties. In general, it finds a stro ng connection between citizens' partisanship and feelings about political p arties and their support for the political regime and democratic processes.