“Values, Ideology and Party Choice in Europe”

Paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2010, at the workshop in Electoral Change in the 21st Century: Dealignment or Realignment? Munster, Germany, March 2010.

Abstract: Empirical evidence suggests that the effects of traditional vote determinants, in particular social class, religion and left/right dimension, on party choice have weakened in Western Europe. This paper explores to what extent socio-economic, libertarian-authoritarian and integration-demarcation values structure party choice in all countries of the European Union. Distinguishing between established democracies and post-communist democracies, the paper examines how the effects of those value schemas relate to the effect of the left/right dimension on party choice, how strong those effects are and how they differ across generations. The study employs the European Election Study 2009.

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