Modernization or Politics?

Jacques Thomassen

in The European Voter

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273218
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602962 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Modernization or Politics?

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This chapter summarises the discussions on the development of patterns of voting behaviour in European countries, and the validity of the two alternative theoretical approaches to explaining the changes in electoral behaviour. The analyses will be done separately for the two successive decisions voters have to make at election time. First, the decision on whether they will vote at all, and second, which party of candidate they will vote for.

Keywords: voting; Europe; turnout; party choice; modernization; politics

Chapter.  6323 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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