Political parties in decline?

Hermann Schmitt, Sören Holmberg

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Discusses the theory and concepts of partisanship. Using indicators of the strength of party identification—or party attachment—as its main analytical tool, it traces the development of partisanship in some 15 party systems in post-war Western Europe, noting changes across time and between countries. While some countries show partisanships to be in steady and steep decline, in others the trend is cyclical, and in the newer democracies (such as Spain) it is even on the increase.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationCitizens and the state
EditorsHans-Dieter Klingemann, Dieter Fuchs
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages474
ISBN (Print)9780198279556
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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PublisherOxford University Press


  • Western Europe
  • Partisanship
  • IR-60914

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