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Partisan Dealignment and the Blue-Collar Electorate in France

Authors: Marthaler, Sally

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  • Analyses changes in the political behaviour of blue-collar voters and in party political competition in France
  • Adopts an empirical and conceptual approach, dealing with both elements of the bilateral relationship between voters and parties
  • Employs evidence drawn from six survey datasets collected in French elections between 1978 and 2012, and data from public opinion polls, party manifestos as well as the historical record
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This book explores partisan dealignment in France between 1978 and 2012, with a particular focus on the blue-collar electorate and its relationship with the political parties of the established left (the Socialist Party, or Parti socialiste, and the Communist Party, or Parti communiste français). It highlights the distinctiveness of blue-collar partisanship in a context of significant political, social and economic change and compares it with patterns of partisanship in the wider electorate. The voter-party relationship is self-evidently a bilateral one which can be modified both on the demand side, because voters change, and on the supply side, because parties change. Four factors are identified as playing a key role in partisan dealignment: value change, policy convergence, political sophistication and political trust. There is compelling evidence that while each of these makes a contribution, it is changes in the behaviour of the parties that are driving partisan dealignment among blue-collar workers in France. 

About the authors

Sally Marthaler is a former lecturer and researcher in politics and contemporary European studies at the University of Sussex, UK. She has published articles in journals including French Politics, West European Politics, and French Politics, Culture & Society, as well as chapters on French politics in books on the European Union.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Partisan Dealignment and the Blue-Collar Electorate in France
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35465-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35465-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35464-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 234
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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