This timely book updates, and takes stock of, Lipset and Rokkan's classic work Party Systems and Voter Alignments: Cross-National Perspectives, an influential work since its publication in 1967. It examines the significance of the original volume for the history of political sociology, and assesses its theoretical and empirical relevance for the study of contemporary elections, voters and parties. Most importantly this volume gives scope to new areas such as consociational democracies, small island states, and newly democratising Eastern and Central European and Third World countries.
Cleavages, parties and democracy / Seymour Martin Lipset -- Party systems and voter alignments in the tradition of political sociology / Erik Allardt -- The freezing hypothesis: an evaluation / Peter Mair -- How bright was the future? the study of parties, cleavages and voters in the age of the technological revolution / Lauri Karvonen and Jostein Ryssevik -- Are cleavages frozen in the English-speaking democracies? / Richard S. Katz -- Class, religion, party: triple decline of electoral cleavages in western Europe / Mattei Dogan -- Change and stability in the Finnish party system / Pertti Pesonen -- Japan: from emerging to stable party system? / Joji Watanuki -- The party systems of Spain: old cleavages and new challenges / Juan J. Linz and Jos?? Ram??n Montero -- Freezing pillars and frozen cleavages: party systems and voter alignments in the consociational democracies / Kris Deschouwer -- From post-communism to neo-communism? the reconstitution of the party systems of East-Central Europe / Ulf Lindstr??m -- Party systems and voter alignments in the new democracies of the third world / Vicky Randall -- Party systems and voter alignments in small island states / Dag Anckar.
Published: 21st September 2000