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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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Enduring Divisions and New Dimensions

Enduring Divisions and New Dimensions

Class Voting in Denmark

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Political Choice Matters

Sara Binzer Hobolt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of social class on voting behaviour in Denmark. The main finding is that class voting has not significantly declined in importance over the last four decades in Denmark and that social class remains a more important predictor of party choice than other demographics and socio-economic divisions. This is not surprising given that Danish parties continue to offer diverging positions on the left-right dimension of contestation. Notwithstanding the continued importance of class politics, the chapter also discusses the increasing salience of a 'new politics' dimension in Danish politics. Social class generally matters less for electoral support for parties which mobilise on this ‘new politics’ dimension, such as the new left and far right parties.

Keywords:   voting, denmark, party polarization, left-right, new politics, voting behaviour

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