Party Systems and Voter Alignments Revisited (Routledge by Lauri Karvonen, Stein Kuhnle

By Lauri Karvonen, Stein Kuhnle

This well timed booklet updates, and takes inventory of, Lipset and Rokkan's vintage paintings Party structures and Voter Alignments: Cross-National Perspectives, an influential paintings because its ebook in 1967. It examines the importance of the unique quantity for the heritage of political sociology, and assesses its theoretical and empirical relevance for the examine of latest elections, electorate and events. most significantly this quantity offers scope to new components corresponding to consociational democracies, small island states, and newly democratising jap and important eu and 3rd global nations.

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It seems to me that those countrychapters in the Lipset-Rokkan volume, which more thoroughly than others analyzed the varying conditions for territorial differences, have sustained most of their freshness. This applies for instance to Mattei Dogan’s analysis of France and Italy, and to the study of Spain by Juan Linz. The latter’s disposition to dig deeply into the background of territorial differences is very well conveyed by the title of one of his other publications from the same period, that is Within-Nation Differences and Comparisons: The Eight Spains (Linz and de Miguel 1966, 267– 319).

An elite of clergymen, scribes, and scientists emerges. The new emphasis on both structure and institutions The application of Parsons was in the Lipset-Rokkan paper much more elaborate than can be described briefly in this chapter. The reason for not expanding the Parsonian type of reasoning here is that it was mainly a classificatory and taxonomic device fitting in particular Western societies during the post-World War II period. Furthermore the Lipset-Rokkan application of Parsons never led to a substantial following among political sociologists.

Lipset and Rokkan were certainly concerned to explain the ways in which the different constellations of party forces had finally settled into place in the 1920s, and they also clearly sought to make sense of the both the diversity and the commonalities which had become evident in the world of European party politics at the beginnings of mass democracy. But evidence of subsequent stability received relatively little attention within their lengthy and powerful analysis, and although many later readers have since tended to focus in on the question of the freezing of cleavage structures and/or party systems through to the 1960s and beyond, this particular element constituted little more than a postscript to what had been a very differently oriented analysis.

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