Type
Article
Titre
New wine in old bottles : Explaining the dimensional structure of European party systems
Dans
Party Politics
Auteur(s)
ROVNY Jan - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Auteur)
POLK Jonathan - Centre for European Research (University of Gothenburg) (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : SAGE Publications
Volume
25
Numéro
1
Pages
12 - 24 p.
ISSN
13540688
Mots clés
Cleavages, Party politics, Religion, Dimensionality
Résumé
EN
In Europe, noneconomic political issues are seen as secondary but significant aspects of political competition. There is uncertainty, however, about the sources of the varying relationships between economic and cultural politics. This article explains the variance in the correlation of the economic and cultural dimensions in different party systems through the impact of historical religious conflict. Despite the rise of new cultural issues, historical religious divides strikingly predict the relative distinctiveness of the sociocultural dimension in today’s Europe. By demonstrating that economic conflicts did not always supersede religious divides, but were at times brought into standing religious cleavages, we deepen the understanding of cleavage formation and longevity, and dimensional structure of politics in Europe.

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