Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies

Frances Hagopian

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies

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This article looks at the parties and voters in emerging democracies. It describes the weak and unstable nature of the connections between parties and voters in new democracies. It addresses the question of what explains partisan cleavages and party choices about which voters to mobilize, and reviews familiar institutionalist and structural explanations for how parties mobilize voters. The article also offers an alternative framework to understand the mobilization strategies that parties choose. The last section focuses on an assessment of the state of one's theory and knowledge about parties and voters in emerging democracies.

Keywords: parties and voters; emerging democracies; partisan cleavages; party choices; alternative framework; mobilization strategies

Article.  10393 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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