Partisan Dealignment and the Blue-Collar Electorate in France - Marthaler, Sally
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This book explores partisan dealignment in France between 1978 and 2012, with a particular focus on the blue-collar electorate and its relationship with the political parties of the established left (the Socialist Party, or Parti socialiste , and the Communist Party, or Parti communiste français ). It highlights the distinctiveness of blue-collar partisanship in a context of significant political, social and economic change and compares it with patterns of partisanship in the wider electorate. The voter-party relationship is self-evidently a bilateral one which can be modified both on the…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book explores partisan dealignment in France between 1978 and 2012, with a particular focus on the blue-collar electorate and its relationship with the political parties of the established left (the Socialist Party, or Parti socialiste, and the Communist Party, or Parti communiste français). It highlights the distinctiveness of blue-collar partisanship in a context of significant political, social and economic change and compares it with patterns of partisanship in the wider electorate. The voter-party relationship is self-evidently a bilateral one which can be modified both on the demand side, because voters change, and on the supply side, because parties change. Four factors are identified as playing a key role in partisan dealignment: value change, policy convergence, political sophistication and political trust. There is compelling evidence that while each of these makes a contribution, it is changes in the behaviour of the parties that are driving partisan dealignment among blue-collar workers in France.
Autorenporträt
Sally Marthaler is a former lecturer and researcher in politics and contemporary European studies at the University of Sussex, UK. She has published articles in journals including French Politics, West European Politics, and French Politics, Culture & Society, as well as chapters on French politics in books on the European Union.
Inhaltsangabe
Chapter 1: Introduction1.1 The concept of partisan dealignment1.2 The causes, characteristics and consequences of partisan dealignment1.3 Citizen-party linkage and models of voting1.4 Partisan dealignment in France and the distinctiveness of blue-collar partisanship1.5 Outline of the book
Chapter 2: The Blue-collar Electorate and La condition ouvrière in France2.1 Measuring social class2.2 The socodemographic composition of the blue-collar electorate 2.3 The transformation of blue-collar employment2.4 Blue-collar culture2.5 Conclusion
Chapter 3: Blue-collar Partisanship3.1 Changes in blue-collar partisanship, 1978-20123.2 Left-right orientation3.3 Party identification: blue-collar voters and the left3.4 Blue-collar attachment to the PS and PCF3.5 Blue-collar party identification: generational change3.6 Blue-collar voting in national elections, 1978-20173.7 The blue-collar relationship with the established parties3.8 Blue-collar dealignment from the PS and PCF3.9 The blue-collar relationship with the alternative parties3.10 Conclusion
Chapter 4: Policy Convergence4.1 Policy convergence and partisanship4.2 Voters' perceptions of policy convergence4.3 Policy convergence: evidence from manifestos4.4 The historical record4.5 The 'centring' of the political discourse of the established left4.6 Conclusion
Chapter 5: Value Change5.1 Old and new politics value orientations5.2 Materialism and postmaterialism in France5.3 Issue priorities5.4 Value orientations5.5 Value change and party competition5.6 Conclusion
Chapter 6: Political sophistication6.1 The dimensions of political sophistication6.2 Political sophistication in France, 1978-20126.3 Political mobilisation6.4 Conclusion
Chapter 7: Political Trust7.1 The dimensions of political trust7.2 Measuring political trust7.3 Political trust: sociodemographic variables7.4 Political trust: political variables7.5 Political trust and the political elite7.6 The 'social contract' between the blue-collar electorate and the established left7.7 Conclusion
Chapter 8: Conclusion8.1 Differential dealignment in the blue-collar electorate8.2 Explaining differential dealignment among blue-collar voters8.3 The political consequences of the dealignment of the blue-collar electorate8.4 Re-engaging the blue-collar electorate
Appendix: Data analysisA.1 Data sourcesA.2 CEVIPOF surveys 1978-2012A.3 Categories and coding of 'ouvriers' in CEVIPOF datasets A.4 CEVIPOF variables used in data analysisA.5 Coding for bivariate correlations
Index