Social Structure and Voting
One of my research area is the relation between politics and social structure. In particular, I am interested in how party competition affects this relation. The core idea behind this is that, as parties move to the center of the space of political competition, they become more similar thereby giving different voters less reason to choose differently. I have been working on this topic from the beginning of my doctoral studies.
Social class, church-attendance and vote intention in the Eurobarometer
In a paper written a spin-off from my doctoral dissertation and pubished in Perspectives on Politics I examine stability and change in the relation between social class and church attendance on the one hand, and vote intention on the other, based on data from the Eurobarometer series of surveys. Furthermore, I check whether changes in intended class voting (the degree to which vote intentions are related to people’s social class) can be explained to a rise in post-materialist value orientations and with cogntive mobilisation (the spread of education and political interest). To this purpose I employ some non-nested hypothesis tests, which show that the change in class voting cannot be attributed to value change or cognitive mobilisation.
For the full details I should prepare to the paper which can be found here. For this website it present just a graphical representation of the main descriptive results.
Social structure, parties’ political positions and vote intention
More to follow …