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Globalization and Domestic PoliticsParties, Elections, and Public Opinion$
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Jack Vowles and Georgios Xezonakis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757986.001.0001

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Globalization and Domestic Politics

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Globalization and Domestic Politics
Jack Vowles, Georgios Xezonakis
Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins by highlighting the importance of globalization to the understanding of domestic politics, and discusses the definition and operationalization of globalization and the extent of its association with deindustrialization. It outlines the normative and empirical elements of the two main theories about the effects of globalization on domestic politics: constraint or efficiency theory, and compensation theory, and their affinities with neo‐liberalism and social democracy respectively. It summarizes the book’s main research questions: Do parties present policy choices differently as a result of globalization? Do voters make their party choices differently as a result of globalization? And how does globalization affect system support? The chapter explains the theoretical basis of the expectations about how globalization affects political parties, citizens’ political behaviour, and public opinion, and discuss the methodological approach. It concludes with a brief summary of the content of the following chapters.

Keywords:   globalization, constraint theory, compensation theory, neo‐liberalism, social democracy, political parties, public opinion, political behaviour, methodology, system support

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