English title: Partisanship and Party System Institutionalization

Author(s): Russell J. Dalton - Steven Weldon -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2007


Party identification, the psychological bond between citizens and a political party, is one of the central variables in understanding political behavior. This article argues that such party ties are also a measure of party system institutionalization from the standpoint of the public. We apply Converse’s model of partisan learning to 36 nations surveyed as part of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. We find that electoral experience and parental socialization are strong sources of partisanship, but the third-wave democracies also display evidence of latent socialization carried over from the old regime. The results suggest that party identities can develop in new democracies if the party system creates the conditions to develop these bonds.

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

From page no: 179

To page no: 196

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1354068807073856

Journal: Party Politics

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