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Partisan Dealignment and the Blue-Collar Electorate in France

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 1-21
  3. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 49-81
  4. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 83-110
  5. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 111-141
  6. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 143-170
  7. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 171-204
  8. Sally Marthaler
    Pages 205-220
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-234

About this book

Introduction

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.

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 PoliticsWest European Politics, and French Politics, Culture & Society, as well as chapters on French politics in books on the European Union.

Keywords

partisanship dealignment political parties voter behaviour French politics blue-collar electorate blue-collar partisanship blue-collar voters young voters policy convergence condition ouvrière party manifestos ideological conflict political sophistication political mobilisation political trust parti socialiste parti communiste français Front National

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Politics and SociologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

About the authors

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.

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