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Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Social Structure, Value Orientations and Party Choice in Western Europe

Authors: Knutsen, Oddbjørn

  • Introduces a new model addressing research questions that involve both social structure and value orientations on party choice 
  • Thoroughly considers major determinants of the party choice of all voters
  • Provides a comprehensive geographical coverage analyzing 18 European countries
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This book analyses the impact of socio-structural variables, such as social class, religion, urban/rural residence, age and gender, on influencing an individual’s voting preferences. There have been major changes in recent decades both to social structure and how social structure determines people’s voting behaviour. There has also been a shift in value orientations, for example from religious to secular values and from more authoritarian to libertarian values. The author addresses the questions: How do social structure and value orientations influence party choice in advanced industrial democracies?; To what extent is the impact of social structure on party choice transmitted via value orientations?; To what extent is the impact of value orientations on party choice causal effects when controlled for the prior structural variables? The book will be of use to advanced students and scholars in the fields of comparative politics, electoral politics and political sociology. 

About the authors

Oddbjørn Knutsen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, Norway. His research interests include comparative politics with a special focus on Western Europe, political sociology and electoral behaviour, value orientations and ideology, and methodology and statistics. He has published comparative articles in international journals on value change, value orientations and party choice, political cleavages and political ideology.

Reviews

“This book offers a very comprehensive analysis of the social foundations of contemporary European party systems. Knutsen artfully assembles data from the European Values Study to describe the persistence and change in the social base of voting behavior. The book demonstrates that social structural influences have not faded away as predictors of voting behavior, but the nature of some alignments has changed over time. This is a very valuable addition to the European voting behavior literature.” (Professor Russell J. Dalton, University of California, Irvine, USA)

“Knutsen's meticulous probing into public political opinion and partisan choices in 18 European democracies conveys detailed insights into the structure of popular beliefs and partisan alignments at the end of the first decade of the new millennium. He is careful to highlight both common patterns pertaining across the entire set of postindustrial polities as well as persistent differences between groups of countries. Political cleavages are crystallized around structural social divides, albeit they are most sharply configured around party families that did not exist in the post-World War II order. And, pace much talk about political dealignment, it is in the most advanced postindustrial polities that show the strongest structuring of the vote. Knutsen's study may serve as foundation from which much fruitful research can be launched.” (Professor Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction and Presentation of the Research Problems

    Knutsen, Oddbjørn

    Pages 1-32

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  • The Data Set and the Party Systems of the 18 Countries

    Knutsen, Oddbjørn

    Pages 33-58

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  • Socio-structural Variables and Value Orientations

    Knutsen, Oddbjørn

    Pages 59-110

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  • Party Choice and Social Structure

    Knutsen, Oddbjørn (et al.)

    Pages 111-194

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  • Party Choice and Value Orientations

    Knutsen, Oddbjørn

    Pages 195-239

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eBook 91,62 €
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Hardcover 109,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52122-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Structure, Value Orientations and Party Choice in Western Europe
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52123-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52123-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52122-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 303
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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