Cleavage theory meets Europe's crises : Lipset, Rokkan, and the transnational cleavage
Title: Cleavage theory meets Europe's crises : Lipset, Rokkan, and the transnational cleavage
Citation: Journal of European public policy, 2018, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 109-135
ISSN: 1350-1763; 1466-4429
This article argues that the perforation of national states by immigration, integration and trade may signify a critical juncture in the political development of Europe no less consequential for political parties and party systems than the previous junctures that Lipset and Rokkan detect in their classic article. We present evidence suggesting that (1) party systems are determined in episodic breaks from the past (2) political parties are programmatically inflexible and, (3) as a consequence, party system change comes in the form of rising parties.
Subject: Political parties; Cleavage; European integration; Euro crisis; Elections; Immigration; Party competition; Eastern-europe; Financial crisis; Radical right; Integration; Euroscepticism; Attitudes; Globalization; Positions; Countries
Published online: 28 Apr 2017
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