The Decline of Social Class?

Oddbjørn Knutsen

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:


 The Decline of Social Class?

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This article discusses the various aspects of the class cleavage. An outline of Karl Marx's and Max Weber's conceptions of social class is provided. The class cleavage is placed within the context of political behaviour in the well-known Lipset and Rokkan model for political cleavages in industrial societies. The article discusses the different phases in the study of class voting, and gives an outline of a possible new trend in class-voting analysis. Class schemas, statistical measurements, and explanations of cross-national differences in class-voting and systematic empirical tests are then summarized. Finally, the article reviews the important debates in the studies of class voting.

Keywords: class cleavage; conceptions of social class; Lipset and Rokkan model; class-voting analysis; class schemas; statistical measurements; cross-national differences; systematic empirical tests; study of class voting

Article.  10495 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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