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From Party Politics to Personalized Politics?: Party Change and Political Personalization in Democracies

Gideon Rahat and Ofer Kenig


The book examines two of the most prominent developments in contemporary democratic politics, party change and political personalization, and the relationship between them. It presents a broad-brush, cross-national comparison of these phenomena that covers around fifty years in twenty-six countries through the use of more than twenty indicators. It demonstrates that, behind a general trend of decline of political parties, there is much variance among countries. In some, party decline is moderate or even small, which may point to adaptation to the changing environments these parties operate in. ... More

Keywords: collective action, cross-national comparison, party adaptation, party change, party decline, political parties, political personalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Rahat, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ofer Kenig, author
Senior Lecturer, Ashkelon Academic College

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Part I Party Change

Part II Political Personalization

Part III Party Change and Political Personalization

End Matter

Appendix 1 Supplement to Table 3.1: Change in the Party Background of Ministers

Appendix 2 Supplement to Table 3.2: Change in the Party Background of Legislators

Appendix 3 Supplement to Table 3.3: Change in the Proportion of Party Members in the Electorate (M/E in %)

Appendix 4 Supplement to Table 3.5: Change in Party Identification

Appendix 5 Supplement to Table 3.6: Change in Net Electoral Volatility

Appendix 6 Supplement to Table 3.7: Change in Electoral Turnout

Appendix 7 Supplement to Table 3.8: Change in the Effective Number of Parties among Voters (ENPV)

Appendix 8 Supplement to Table 3.9: Change in Party System Innovation

Appendix 9 Supplement to Table 4.1: Local Parties’ Shares of Votes and Seats

Appendix 10 Supplement to Table 4.4: Dissimilarity Index: Vote in the Region for National Elections vs. Vote in the Region for Regional Elections: Averages by Decade

Appendix 11 Supplement for Table 5.6: Partyness at Starting Point and Change in Partyness for the Selected Indicators

Appendix 12 Supplement for Table 5.8: Partyness at End Point

Appendix 13 Supplement for Table 7.3: Prime Minister’s Influence and Presidentialization

Appendix 14 Supplement for Table 7.5: Party Abbreviations

Appendix 15 Supplement for Table 7.9: Changes in the Submission of Private Member Bills

Appendix 16 Supplement for Table 7.10: Change in the Number of Coalition Members per Minister

Appendix 17 Supplementary Material for Chapter 8: The Research Population

Appendix 18 Supplement for Chapter 9: New Media Indicators

Appendix 19 Supplement to Chapter 9: Pearson Correlations between the Indicators of Personalization

Appendix 20 Summary of the Indicators of Personalization

Appendix 21 Supplement to Chapter 11: Pearson Correlations between the Indicators of Partyness and the Indicators of Personalization


Author Index