Party Positions and Voter Orientations

Hans‐Dieter Klingemann

in Citizens and the State

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294733
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599699 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Party Positions and Voter Orientations

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Focuses on two main questions. First, have the citizens of modern representative democracies been abandoned by their political parties? Second, have the parties entered an era of crisis in which their traditional linkage functions are no longer performed? The evidence points firmly to a negative answer to each. The positions of the parties match the orientations of their supporters rather well. To the extent that if there is change, it is in the direction of increasingly accurate representation of popular wishes by those collective élites who define the purpose and direct the actions of political parties in modern representative democracies.

Keywords: party representativeness

Chapter.  8121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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