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Social Divisions, Party Positions, and Electoral Behaviour

Elff, Martin (2009) 'Social Divisions, Party Positions, and Electoral Behaviour.' Electoral Studies, 28. pp. 297-308. ISSN 0261-3794

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The "new conventional wisdom" of a waning impact of social divisions on political choices has been subject to debate in recent years. This paper addresses the debate by assessing the relevance of parties’ political positions, using a novel approach to analysing it comparatively, based on a combination of data from the Eurobarometer with data of the Comparative Manifestos Project. The findings of this paper lend support to the claim that the decline in the relation between social divisions and voting behaviour, so far as it can be observed at all, is attributable to parties’ changing political positions. Once these changes are taken into account, the diagnosis of a persistent impact of social divisions prevails.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: class; church-attendance; class voting; religious voting; social cleavages; parties; party manifestos; party competition; voting behaviour; electoral change
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 10:42
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 11:34

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