The End of Class Politics?: Class Voting in Comparative Context

Paperback | August 15, 1999

EditorGeoffrey Evans

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The last few decades has seen a prolonged debate over the nature and importance of social class as a basis for ideology, class voting and class politics. The prevailing assumption is that, in western societies, class inequalities are no longer important in determining political behaviour. InThe End of Class Politics? leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe argue that the evidence on which the assumptions about the decline importance of class is based is unfounded. Instead, the book argues that the class basis of political competition has to some degree evolved, but not declined.Furthermore, the social basis of political competition and sweeping claims about the new politics of postindustrial society need to be re-examined.

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The last few decades has seen a prolonged debate over the nature and importance of social class as a basis for ideology, class voting and class politics. The prevailing assumption is that, in western societies, class inequalities are no longer important in determining political behaviour. InThe End of Class Politics? leading scholars ...

Dr Geoffrey Evans is Faculty Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296347

ISBN - 13:9780198296348

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1. Geoffrey Evans: Class Voting: From Premature Obituary to Reasoned AppraisalPart 1: The Broad Comparative Picture2. Paul Nieuwbeerta and Nan Dirk De Graaf: Traditional Class Voting in 20 Postwar SocietiesPart II: Case Study of Western Democracies3. John H. Goldthorpe: Modelling the Pattern of Class Voting in British Elections4. Michael Hout, Jeff Manza, and Clem Brooks: Classes, Unions, and the Realignment of U.S. Presidential Voting: 1952-19925. David L. Weakliem and Anthony F. Heath: The Secret Life of Class Voting: Britain, France, and the United States Since the 1930s6. Walter Muller: Class Cleavages and Party Preferences in Germany Old and New7. Kristen Ringdal and Kjell Hines: Changes in Class Voting in Norway8. Stefan Svallfors: The Class Politics of Swedish Welfare PoliciesPart III: The New Class Politics of Post-Communism9. Petr Mateju, Blanka Rehakova and Geoffrey Evans: The Politics of Interests and Class Realignment in the Czech Republic10. Geoffrey Evans and Stephen Whitefield: The Emergence of Class Politics and Class Voting in Post-Communist RussiaPart IV: Re-Appraisal, Commentary and Conclusions11. David L. Weakliem and Anthony F. Heath: Resolving Disputes about Class Voting in Britain and the United States: Definitions, Models and Data12. Peter Mair, Seymour Martin Lipset, Michael Hout, and John Goldthorpe: Commentary: Four Perspectives on 'The End of Class Politics?'13. Geoffrey Evans: Class and Vote: Disrupting the Orthodoxy

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`an excellent, rounded introduction from Evans, who argues that much of the debate over class voting is confused by problems of measurement and analysis.'Ron Johnston, Government and Opposition.