Reexamining Party Dominance in the United States: U.S. Cases in the Context of Dominant Party Democracy

David Sexton Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Greg Shufeldt Butler University
This article explores the possible connections between dominant party democratic theory and voter participation. It will analyze U.S. states which present characteristics of dominant party democracy in relation to international example states of dominant party systems. By comparing the cases by examining rates of voter participation in both of them, this article seeks to demonstrate similarities between the two types of cases which will challenge existing party systems theory, take a critical lens to the quality of democracy in the United States, and raise questions as to the importance and validity of standards for democratic consolidation. By balancing the variables that influence both states and voters as units of analysis, this research is intended to serve as a foundation for further study into party systems theory at the subnational level, and its impact on the quality of democracy in, otherwise, traditionally strong democratic states.
Keywords: Dominant party democracy, voter participation, party system, democratic consolidation
Political Science
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