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Alan I. Abramowitz The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy Book

Alan I. Abramowitz The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy Book

The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy

Renowned political scientist Alan I 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 Renowned political scientist Alan I 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 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

Title : The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy
Author :  Alan I. Abramowitz
Language : English
Isbn : 0300141629
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 208 pages

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