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Dualization and electoral realignment


Häusermann, Silja (2020). Dualization and electoral realignment. Political Science Research and Methods, 8(2):380-385.

Abstract

The growing research on post-industrial labor market inequality bears a strong—yet widely misunderstood-relevance for the literature on electoral realignment. In this contribution, I contend that the assumption of “labor market outsiders” being equal to “globalization/modernization losers” is largely mistaken. Rather, atypical work and unemployment is most widespread among service workers, whose primary electoral choice is to abstain from voting. This implies that the ongoing reconfiguration of European party systems—through the rise of right-wing populist parties—is driven by skilled and routine workers in the manufacturing sector (the traditional “insiders”). Hence, the rise of right-wing populist parties reflects a political mobilization of the formerly well-protected industrial working class, rather than of labor market outsiders.

Abstract

The growing research on post-industrial labor market inequality bears a strong—yet widely misunderstood-relevance for the literature on electoral realignment. In this contribution, I contend that the assumption of “labor market outsiders” being equal to “globalization/modernization losers” is largely mistaken. Rather, atypical work and unemployment is most widespread among service workers, whose primary electoral choice is to abstain from voting. This implies that the ongoing reconfiguration of European party systems—through the rise of right-wing populist parties—is driven by skilled and routine workers in the manufacturing sector (the traditional “insiders”). Hence, the rise of right-wing populist parties reflects a political mobilization of the formerly well-protected industrial working class, rather than of labor market outsiders.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Political Science and International Relations
Uncontrolled Keywords:comparative political economy, comparative politics: industrialized countries, comparative politics, political behavior, political participation and turnout, political parties and interest groups
Language:English
Date:April 2020
Deposited On:30 Jun 2020 12:16
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 15:21
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:2049-8470
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2018.48

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