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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

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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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1 Introduction

Jacques Thomassen

2 Political Parties and Party Systems

Hans‐Dieter Klingemann1

3 Electoral Turnout1

Kees Aarts and Bernhard Wessels

5 Party Identification and Party Choice

Frode Berglund, Sören Holmberg, Hermann Schmitt, and Jacques Thomassen

Value Orientations and Party Choice

Oddbjørn Knutsen and Staffan Kumlin

7 Left–Right Orientations and Party Choice

Cees van der Eijk, Hermann Schmitt, and Tanja Binder

8 Issue Voting

Bernt Aardal and Pieter van Wijnen

10 Party Leaders and Party Choice

John Curtice and Sören Holmberg