PLSC 485a/663a Week VIII. Reading Guide:
From Peter Mair (ed.) The West European Party System Oxford University Press,
Party System Change
If party systems are not constant- what kinds of "change" could occur in the electoral strength of individual parties? How can one measure which type of change is occuring? What do the authors use as a measure of "change" in party support? What do they conclude about the stability of party systems?
Nine years later, what does Pedersen conclude about electoral change? How does he measure electoral change? Where has electoral volatility been greatest? When has it been greatest? Is there an overall trend or a bunch of separate national trends?
How does Mair measure volatility? What is the difference between inter area and between area volatility? What do his results suggest about the causes of electoral volatility?
Why have the party systems of Europe not become dominated by big catch-all parties?
How do these authors explain electoral volatility? How does realignment differ from dealignment?
What new cleavage does Inglehart think is appearing in Western Europe? Where would you fit on that cleavage?