Bibliographic Details

The nationalization of politics : the formation of national electorates and party systems in Western Europe / Daniele Caramani.

Author / Creator Caramani, Daniele, 1968-
Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 347 pages) : illustrations.
Language English
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Subject Elections -- Europe, Western.
Political parties -- Europe, Western.
Élections -- Europe de l'Ouest.
Partis politiques -- Europe de l'Ouest.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
Political parties.
Politieke partijen.
Vergelijkend onderzoek.
Europe, Western.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
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ISBN 0511185189
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Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In an in-depth comparative and long-term analysis, first published in 2004, Daniele Caramani studies the macro-historical process of the nationalization of politics. Using a great wealth of data on single constituencies in seventeen West European countries, he reconstructs the territorial structures of electoral support for political parties, as well as their evolution since the mid-nineteenth century from highly fragmented politics in the early stages toward nation-wide alignments. Caramani provides a multi-pronged empirical analysis through time, across countries, and between party families.
Other form Print version: Caramani, Danièle. Nationalization of politics. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004 052182799X 0521535204
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; Half-title; Series title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Tables; Figures; Abbreviations and Symbols; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Framework; 1 The Structuring of Political Space; Territoriality versus Functionality; Exit, Voice, and the Structuring of the Space of Political Systems; (External) Boundary-Building; (Internal) Political-Institutional Structuring; The Reduction of Exit and the Expression of Voice; The Channeling of Voice (Representation); The Territoriality of Political Cleavages; Center-Periphery Structures; From Territorial to Functional Cleavages.
  • The Theory of the Nationalization of PoliticsDimensions of Nationalization; The Relationship Between National Forces and Territorial Structures; The Nature of National Political Forces; Forms of Nationalization and Delimitation of the Analysis; 2 Data, Indices, Method; Data; Periods Covered and Data Sources; Elections; Political Parties and Codes for Party Families; Levels of Aggregation and Boundary Changes; Format of the Data; Electoral System Specificities; Units of Analysis; Measures and Indices; Competition; Territorial Coverage by Parties; Measures of Homogeneity of Voting Behavior.
  • Verification of the Consistency of IndicatorsNumber and Size of Territorial Units; Size of Political Parties; Correlation Between Indicators; PART II Evidence; 3 Time and Space; Historical Trends in Europe; The Comparative Study of Countries: From Party to Party System Measures; Homogeneous versus Heterogeneous Territorial Systems; Overall Comparative Figures Since World War II; Trends in the 1990s; The Historical Evolution Toward More Homogeneous Territorial Systems; Four "Early Democracies": 1840s-Present; Three Countries Since the 1870s; Since the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.
  • After World War ITurnout; 4 Types of Territorial Configurations; Regionalist versus Regionalized Parties; Small Regionalist Parties: Spain; Large Regionalized Parties: Switzerland; A Two-Party System: Britain; Two Party Systems: Belgium; Incomplete Territorial Coverage; Many Small Parties: Italy; From Many Small to Few Large Parties: Germany; The Influence of Small Parties: Ireland; A Regionalized Nordic Country: Finland; The Nationalized Territorial Configurations; Homogeneous Nordic Countries: Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden; Nonterritorial Cleavages: The Netherlands and Austria.
  • Homogeneous Systems: France, Greece, and PortugalA Typology of Territorial Configurations; 5 The Comparative Study of Cleavages and Party Families; Cleavages and Party Families; The Homogeneity of European Party Families; The Comparison of Party Families; The Path Toward the Nationalization of Historical Parties; Patterns of Reterritorialization; Comparing Party Families Across Countries; Homogeneity and Similarity: Families of the Left-Right Dimension; Heterogeneity and Difference: Families of Religious, Agrarian, and Regional Defense.