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The Disappearing Center

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The Disappearing Center

Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy

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Hardback

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The Disappearing Center by Alan I. Abramowitz
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In this timely book, renowned political scientist Alan Abramowitz presents a groundbreaking argument that the most important divide in American politics is not between left and right but rather between citizens who are politically engaged and those who are not. It is the engaged members of the public, he argues, who most closely reflect the ideals of democratic citizenship - but this is also the group that is most polarized. Polarization at the highest levels of government, therefore, is not a sign of elites' disconnection from the public but rather of their responsiveness to the more politically engaged parts of it. Though polarization is often assumed to be detrimental to democracy, Abramowitz concludes that by presenting voters with clear choices, polarization can serve to increase the public's interest and participation in politics and strengthen electoral accountability.

Author Biography

Alan I. Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University.
Release date Australia
May 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
41 black-&-white illustrations
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
224
Dimensions
156x234x25
ISBN-13
9780300141627
Product ID
3959182

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