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Political Choice Matters: Explaining the Strength of Class and Religious Cleavages in Cross-National Perspective

Geoffrey Evans and Nan Dirk de Graaf


Political Choice Matters investigates the role of the ideological positions adopted by political parties in shaping the extent of class and religious voting in contemporary democracies. Combining overtime, cross-national data and multi-level research designs it demonstrates that the programmatic positions of parties can provide voters with choice sets that accentuate or diminish the strength of political cleavages. It also simultaneously tests alternative, ‘bottom up’, approaches that attribute changes in class and religious voting to processes of individualisation associated with ... More

Keywords: class voting, religious voting, long-term trends, social change, supply-side politics, top down influences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199663996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Evans, editor
University Professor and Official Fellow Nuffield College

Nan Dirk de Graaf, editor
University Professor and Official Fellow Nuffield College

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Part I Models, Measurement, and Comparative Analysis

1 Explaining Cleavage Strength

Geoffrey Evans and Nan Dirk De Graaf

2 Measuring Party Positions

Ryan Bakker and Sara B. Hobolt

3 Class Voting and Left-Right Party Positions

Giedo Jansen, Geoffrey Evans, and Nan Dirk De Graaf

Part II The Case Studies

Anglo‐Saxon Democracies

5 The United States

David L. Weakliem

Mainland Europe

9 The Political Evolution of Class and Religion

Nan Dirk De Graaf, Giedo Jansen, and Ariana Need

12 Class and Religious Voting in Italy

Oliver Heath and Paolo Bellucci

Recent Democracies

Part III Concluding Observations

End Matter