Political Dissatisfaction and Decline of Party Identification: Societal Depoliticisation in the Republic of Cyprus (2006–2012)

  • Giorgos Charalambous
  • Direnç KanolEmail author


Societal depoliticisation refers to disenchantment with politics at the electorate level. Societal depoliticisation, however, is studied conceptually; thus, empirical studies about its determinants or the association between societal and “conventional” depoliticisation remain largely unclear. Using party identification as an indicator of societal depoliticisation, this chapter tries to explain the decline in partisanship/party identification among Cypriots. The Republic of Cyprus is an European Union (EU) country that had the highest levels of party identification. However, the period between 2006 and 2012 saw a dramatic decline. Relying on survey data and additionally employing literature review and qualitative interviews with citizens to give meaning to the correlation found in the survey analysis, this chapter shows that political dissatisfaction played a significant part in the drop in party identification in Cyprus.


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  1. 1.University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Near East UniversityNicosiaTurkey

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