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Network Politicization and Political Integration: From Grand Cleavages to Private Network Structures

Roßteutscher, Sigrid and Stegmueller, Daniel (2014) 'Network Politicization and Political Integration: From Grand Cleavages to Private Network Structures.' In: Weßels, Bernhard and Rattinger, Hans and Roßteutscher, Sigrid and Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger, (eds.) Voters on the Move or on the Run? Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 167-192. ISBN 9780199662630

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Abstract

In the past, political cleavages connected the entire electorate to the political arena. The political system was, thus, well integrated and participation highly equal. This chapter argues and shows that sophistication is a new dividing line in the post-cleavage society. Moreover, lacking clear cues from cleavage organizations (i.e. political parties, churches and unions) individuals are increasingly dependent on the politicizing effect of private networks. This chapter illustrates how talking politics is relevant for non-cleavage groups but not for cleavage groups. This is accomplished by comparing cleavage voters—church affiliated Catholics and unionized workers—with sections of the electorate which are not linked to the traditional cleavage structure. The decline of traditional cleavage structures therefore increases the discriminating relevance of both sophistication and politicized networks. As a result, political integration moves into decline and electoral participation becomes increasingly unequal.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political cleavages, networks, discussion networks, de-alignment, political integration, political equality, education, sophistication, turnout
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 11:39
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2014 11:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12118

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