Resurgent Mass Partisanship: The Role of Elite Polarization

  title={Resurgent Mass Partisanship: The Role of Elite Polarization},
  author={Marc J. Hetherington},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={619 - 631}
For the most part, scholars who study American political parties in the electorate continue to characterize them as weak and in decline. Parties on the elite level, however, have experienced a resurgence over the last two decades. Such a divergence between elite behavior and mass opinion is curious, given that most models of public opinion place the behavior of elites at their core. In fact, I find that parties in the electorate have experienced a noteworthy resurgence over the last two decades… Expand
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