Class Voting in Western Europe
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Class Voting in Western Europe : A Comparative Longitudinal Study

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Class Voting in Western Europe provides a rare, systematic, longitudinal, and cross-national study of social class and party choice in eight Western European, democratic countries: Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, (West) Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands. This highly accessible and engaging work is based on data from the Eurobarometer surveys, conducted from 1975-1997. Class Voting in Western Europe outlines the theories of changes in class voting and provides and empirical analysis of class voting. This study differentiates between traditional class voting, total class voting, and overall left-right voting. Knutsen's thorough study will provide a new, straightforward understanding of social class and party choice to anyone interested in the complex relationship between modern society and politics.show more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739110950
  • 9780739110959

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This book is a 'must-read' for scholars wanting to understand class voting in comparative perspective. Knutsen clearly demonstrates that class vote is on the decline in eight major European democracies since the early seventies - no matter what measures are used. The analysis is a major contribution to the social cleavage literature inspired by Lipset and Rokkan, and to comparative politics literature in general. -- Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Wissenschaftszentrum fuer Sozialforschung, Berlin, and Sciences Po, Parisshow more

About Oddbjorn Knutsen

Oddbjorn Knutsen is professor of political science at the University of Oslo.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Part I: Theories and explanations for the decline in class voting Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Social mobility Chapter 4 New social divisions Chapter 5 Cognitive mobilization Chapter 6 The embourgeoisement thesis Chapter 7 New Politics and middle class radicalism Chapter 8 The debate about the political orientations of the service class Chapter 9 Party strategy, class appeal and changes in class structure Chapter 10 The debate about the persistence or decline of class voting Part 11 Part II: Class schema and operationalizations of social class Chapter 12 The Erikson/Goldthorpe class schema Chapter 13 Operationalization of social class: Occupation variables and construction of class variables in the Eurobarometer data set. Part 14 Part III: Party systems, party families and the party choice variable Chapter 15 Voting intention in the Eurobarometer data Chapter 16 Party families and trends in support for the various parties Chapter 17 Socialist/non-socialist party choice Part 18 Part IV: Total class voting Chapter 19 Introduction Chapter 20 The strength of the correlation Chapter 21 Statistical measures for tapping class voting Chapter 22 Party families Chapter 23 Patterns within countries and changes over time Chapter 24 Conclusions: Main patterns regarding changes over time Part 25 Part V: Overall left-right (socialist/non-socialist) class voting Chapter 26 Overall left-right voting for the whole period Chapter 27 Trends in overall left-right class voting Part 28 Part VI: Traditional class voting: Socialist/non-socialist party choiceand the two class variables Chapter 29 Introduction: The relevance of traditional class voting in advances industrial democracies and how it is measured Chapter 30 Empirical analysis: Trends in traditional class voting Chapter 31 Class voting according to a different treatment of the routinenon-manual group Part 32 Part VII: Explanations for changes in class voting Chapter 33 Introduction Chapter 34 Hypotheses about trends and cross-national patterns of class voting Chapter 35 Explaining trends in class voting within countries over time Chapter 36 Explaining the cross-national variations in level of class voting Chapter 37 Pooled time-series cross sectional analyses Chapter 38 Part VIII: Conclusions Part 39 Part IX: Literatureshow more