Relationships Between Citizens and Political Parties

Roberto Biorcio and Renato Mannheimer

in Citizens and the State

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

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Relationships Between Citizens and Political Parties

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Aims to analyse the relationship between citizens and political parties in the five most populated countries in the European Community (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK), and to specify its dynamic processes. It proposes a typology combining the affective orientation (party identification) and the instrumental orientation (interest representation) voters, yielding four types of relationship: integrated, pragmatic, identifying, and de‐aligned. It examines the empirical distribution of these relationships across these five countries, and finds the de‐aligned relationship to be the dominant form, particularly in Spain and Italy, and particularly among the younger generation.

Keywords: France; Germany; Italy; party representativeness; Spain; UK

Chapter.  6911 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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