The Return of the American Voter? Party Polarization and Voting Behavior, 1988 to 2004

  title={The Return of the American Voter? Party Polarization and Voting Behavior, 1988 to 2004},
  author={Kyle Dodson},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={443 - 449}
  • Kyle Dodson
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Economics
  • Sociological Perspectives
A frequent concern voiced by social commentators has been the persistence of mass disengagement over the past two decades—despite evidence of improving democratic involvement. In particular, since 1988, voter turnout in presidential elections has dramatically rebounded, to the point that they now rival the turnout rates of the 1960s. Yet little is known about the cause of this trend. The primary theoretical focus of the following study is to examine what factors were behind this increase in… 

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