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Political Choice MattersExplaining the Strength of Class and Religious Cleavages in Cross-National Perspective$
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Geoffrey Evans and Nan Dirk de Graaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199663996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663996.001.0001

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The Importance of Political Choice and Other Lessons Learned

The Importance of Political Choice and Other Lessons Learned

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Political Choice Matters

Geoffrey Evans

Nan Dirk De Graaf

Oxford University Press

This last chapter summarizes the findings and implications of both the pooled comparative analysis and the detailed country case studies. The advantages and disadvantages of the pooled and detailed country analyses are discussed. Overall, there is a general declining trend in class and religious based voting although not across the board and the top down approached has been more successful than the bottom up approach in interpreting variations in the strength of class and religious based voting as well as the degree to which we can account for over time changes in the strength of these cleavages. After some cautionary notes regarding methodological, theoretical and substantive issues, this chapter argues that contrary to the prognoses of many scholars, the future of social cleavages looks anything but one of inevitable decline.

Keywords:   methodology, class voting, religious voting, top down influences, future patterns

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