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Citizens and the State$
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Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294735.001.0001

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Political Parties in Decline?

Political Parties in Decline?

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(p.95) 4 Political Parties in Decline?
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Citizens and the State
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Hermann Schmitt (Contributor Webpage)

Sören Holmberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294735.003.0004

Discusses the theory and concepts of partisanship. Using indicators of the strength of party identification—or party attachment—as its main analytical tool, it traces the development of partisanship in some 15 party systems in post‐war Western Europe, noting changes across time and between countries. While some countries show partisanships to be in steady and steep decline, in others the trend is cyclical, and in the newer democracies (such as Spain) it is even on the increase.

Keywords:   partisanship, Western Europe

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