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Changed Policy Congruence Between Political Parties and Voters?: A Comparative Study of Seven Party Systems in Western Europe
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (VPR, Mipok)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-9496
Mid Sweden University, Sweden. (VPR, Mipok)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (VPR, Mipok)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-5729
University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (VPR, Mipok)
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2018 (English)In: ECPR General Conference, 2018, p. 1-19Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study is about changed policy congruence between voters and political parties in seven party system in Western Europe. To investigate change, this paper includes policy congruence between voters and political parties during five decades starting in the 1970s. According to scholars of political parties, especially advocates of the cartel thesis such as Katz and Mair, representative democracy in Western Europe is in an ever-widening crisis since the links between citizens and political parties are broken. By comparing unique data of the actual LeftRight and GAL-TAN positions in the election manifestos of 70 West European parties with corresponding views among their voters, this study argues that the crisis of representation is largely exaggerated. Instead, the policy congruence between current parties and voters, on left-right as well as gal-tan issues, tend to be at least as good as the time before the alleged crisis of representation started.

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2018. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
politics, representation, parties, voters, Europe
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77346DiVA, id: diva2:1242264
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ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, August 22-25, 2018.
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Minskad ideologisk polarisering och konflikt i Västeuropa? (Mipok)
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-01246Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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