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The Social Bases of Political Parties: A New Measure and Survey


Marks, Gary; Attewell, David; Hooghe, Liesbet; Rovny, Jan; Steenbergen, Marco (2023). The Social Bases of Political Parties: A New Measure and Survey. British Journal of Political Science, 53(1):249-260.

Abstract

This article proposes a measure of the social structuration of political parties. The measure has some distinctive virtues. It assesses the social bases of partisanship from the standpoint of the political party, and it provides a simple and transparent method for assessing the relative weight of social-structural and behavioral factors for party composition. We illustrate the power of this measure through a comparison of political parties in 30 European countries since 1975.

Abstract

This article proposes a measure of the social structuration of political parties. The measure has some distinctive virtues. It assesses the social bases of partisanship from the standpoint of the political party, and it provides a simple and transparent method for assessing the relative weight of social-structural and behavioral factors for party composition. We illustrate the power of this measure through a comparison of political parties in 30 European countries since 1975.

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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 > Political Science and International Relations
Uncontrolled Keywords:political party, cleavage, dealignment, social democracy, Christian democracy, traditional, authoritarian, nationalist parties, green, alternative, libertarian parties
Language:English
Date:1 January 2023
Deposited On:15 Feb 2024 17:35
Last Modified:22 Feb 2024 13:43
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0007-1234
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123421000740