Martin Wattenberg (political scientist)

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Martin P. Wattenberg is a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He is an expert on American elections and party politics and is co-author of a popular undergraduate college text on American government, Government in America: People, Policy, and Politics, published by Pearson Longman. [1] He is also the author of Where Have All the Voters Gone: The Decline of American Political Parties, Is Voting For Young People?, The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics, and "Obama: Year One".

Professor Wattenberg and his wife appear in Season 9 of the reality television show Flipping Out as the owners of a Newport Beach home which is undergoing a design renovation.


  • Is Voting for Young People? Longman, 2007.
  • Where Have All the Voters Gone? Harvard University Press, 2002.
  • Parties Without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrialized Societies (co-edited with Russell Dalton). Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: The Best of Both Worlds? (co-edited with Matthew Shugart). Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • The Decline of American Political Parties, (sixth edition). Harvard University Press, 1998.
  • The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics: Presidential Elections of the 1980s. Harvard University Press, 1991.