English title: A New Dimension of Social Stratification in Poland? Class Membership and Electoral Voting in 1991–2001

Author(s): H. Domański -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2007

Abstract

In contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, the debate on class politics takes on a different form to that in the West – it concerns whether class divisions increased as the post-communist societies undergo transition to the market system. Using Polish survey data, containing information on respondents voting behavior in elections of 1991, 1994, 1997, and 2001, I present evidence on significance of social class on voting behavior. Results of log-linear analysis show that class membership does indeed exert a significant impact on voting behavior. Although it changed across the time, in 2001 it appeared no less than in 1991. Also the patterns of this association (which class votes which party?) remained unchanged. On the whole our evidence suggests that in Poland a new dimension of social stratification – that is referred in sociological literature to “class politics” – has emerged. At the same time, claims of the class basis of voting in Poland cannot be exaggerated. The evidence presented here clearly indicates that the class-vote link in Poland is much lower as compared with most of Western societies. To estimate relative strength of this association I compared it across 17 countries using data from European Social Survey 2002.

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

From page no: 169

To page no: 182

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/ESR/JCM041

Journal: European Sociological Review

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