“A Cleavage Theory of Partisanship”

The Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal, in partnership with the CSDC has the great pleasure to welcome Professor Liesbet Hooghe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) for an intervention on : “A Cleavage Theory of Partisanship”.

The event will take place online. Admission is free. Register here.

Friday, 16 October 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Online event

Abstract: “The rise of a new transnational divide raises fundamental questions about the character of party competition and the causal bases of voting in Europe. We propose a non-parametric measure of the social bases of political parties which allows systematic comparison of behavioral and structural sources of change in composition. We illustrate the utility of the measure in cross-sectional and longitudinal comparison of European parties since 1975 by combining estimates from the Eurobarometer, the European Election Survey, and the European Social Survey in thirty countries. The measure reveals major shifts in the social composition of political parties and party families over the past five decades, and we demonstrate that on the new cleavage green and TAN parties have the most structured partisan preferences.”

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