The last few decades has seen a prolonged debate over the nature and importance of social class as a basis for ideology, class voting and class politics. The prevailing assumption is that, in western societies, class inequalities are no longer important in determining political behaviour. In The End of Class Politics? leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe argue that the evidence on which the assumptions about the decline importance of class is based is unfounded. Instead, the book argues that the class basis of political competition has to some degree evolved, but not declined. Furthermore, the social basis of political competition and sweeping claims about the new politics of postindustrial society need to be re-examined.
`Geoff Evans has topped and tailed the volume with extremely valuable introductory and concluding chapters. The former is probably the best overview I have read on the class voting debate ... This is an extremely valuable contribution to the debate. No elections specialist should be without a copy, and it provides an important benchmark (both substantive and methodological) for future analyses ... This is an important book: Geoff Evans and his contributors are to be congratulated.' Charles Pattie `Evan's collection of essays is an adroit mixture of sophisticated statistics with empirical description of the relation between class and party in the advanced industrial countries of Europe and North America.' A H Halsey, TLS `a book for the specialist ... it will have a substantial impact.' Ron Johnston, Government and Opposition. `the analyses are set within interesting general discussions of how class interests evolve in such new capitalist situations.' Ron Johnston, Government and Opposition. `an excellent, rounded introduction from Evans, who argues that much of the debate over class voting is confused by problems of measurement and analysis.' Ron Johnston, Government and Opposition.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.55