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The European Voter: A Comparative Study Of Modern Democracies

Jacques Thomassen


The purpose of this book is to describe and explain the changes in electoral behaviour that occurred in six West-European countries in the second half of the twentieth century. Two alternative theoretical approaches are systematically tested in an attempt to explain these changes. The first approach is deduced from modernisation theory. Modernisation theory implies that over time, the explanatory power for electoral behaviour of more or less stable structural variables such as social class and religion will yield to more short-term factors. The second and alternative theoretical approach predi ... More

Keywords: electoral behaviour, elections, party choice, modernization, comparative electoral research, European politics, turnout, political change, cleavage structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273218
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199273219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Thomassen, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Twente
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