Title

The Political Economy of Polarized Pluralism

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2007

Abstract

The purpose of the article is to argue that polarization, in polarized pluralist party systems, reflects not simply the number and the depth of political cleavages but also changes in contextual conditions. We test whether the polarization of party systems in the French Fourth Republic, the Italian First Republic, the Spanish Republic and the Weimar Republic was influenced by changes in economic conditions. Specifically, we test whether worsening economic conditions led to higher levels of polarization. The data analysis reveals that, with the exception of the Spanish Republic, the levels of party system polarization increase when economic conditions worsen. In the concluding section we address both the theoretical and the practical implications of our findings.

Discipline

Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Party Politics

Volume

13

Issue

1

First Page

53

Last Page

67

ISSN

1354-0688

Identifier

10.1177/1354068806071262

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068806071262

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