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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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Party Positions and Voter Orientations

Party Positions and Voter Orientations

(p.183) 6 Party Positions and Voter Orientations
Citizens and the State

Hans‐Dieter Klingemann (Contributor Webpage)

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Focuses on two main questions. First, have the citizens of modern representative democracies been abandoned by their political parties? Second, have the parties entered an era of crisis in which their traditional linkage functions are no longer performed? The evidence points firmly to a negative answer to each. The positions of the parties match the orientations of their supporters rather well. To the extent that if there is change, it is in the direction of increasingly accurate representation of popular wishes by those collective élites who define the purpose and direct the actions of political parties in modern representative democracies.

Keywords:   party representativeness

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