Research Handbook on Political Partisanship


Research Handbook on Political Partisanship

9781788111980 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Henrik Oscarsson, Professor, Department of Political Science, and Research Director of the Swedish National Election Studies (SNES), University of Gothenburg and Sören Holmberg, Senior Professor, Department of Political Science, and former Research Director, SNES, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 198 0 Extent: 400 pp
Based on cutting-edge global data, the Research Handbook of Political Partisanship argues that partisanship is down, but not out, in contemporary democracies. Engaging with key scholarly debates, from the rise of right-wing partisanship to the effects of digitalization on partisanship, contributions highlight the significance of political partisanship not only in the present but in the future of democracies internationally.

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The strength of partisanship is a matter of historic importance and debate in modern democracies. Based on cutting-edge global data, the Research Handbook on Political Partisanship argues that partisanship is down, but not out, in contemporary societies.

Contributors focus on four key areas of research: the role and importance of partisanship for democratic rule; how to measure and secure data on partisanship; explanations of the origins and development of partisanship; and the effects of partisanship on citizens’ attitudes and behaviours, and on the function of democratic systems. Engaging with key contemporary debates, from the rise of right-wing populist parties to the effects of digitalization partisanship, this timely Research Handbook highlights the significance of political partisanship not only in the present but for the future of democracies internationally.

Featuring contributions from leading scholars, this book is critical for graduate students of political science and sociology, as well as for advanced researchers investigating elections and electorates, voter trends and contemporary political parties. Policymakers and political consultants will also benefit from its insights into the political engagement of voters and the future of party-based democracy.
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‘The Research Handbook on Political Partisanship brings new life into one of the oldest concepts of electoral research. Presenting a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses, the book is much more useful for present and future research than the literature reviews seen in many other handbooks. An updated understanding of the role of political identification today requires the in-depth discussions of its “two faces”, given in this Handbook. Party identification can be a “helper” and guide in a complex political landscape, but it can also be a “blinder”, barring competing views and preferences. The book argues not only for the need of parties to maintain emotional ties to their voters, but also for the need to keep party identification as an important tool for future students and scholars of political behaviour.’
– Bernt Aardal, University of Oslo, Norway

‘Party identification is a critical and contested concept and this volume – teeming with thoughtful perspective and original evidence from subject experts – is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand its origins, nature, and consequences.’
– Elizabeth Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University, US
Contributors: J.H. Aldrich, E. Anduiza, A. Bankert, A. Bussing, L.M. Carius-Munz, R.J. Dalton, C. Davies, F. Ecormier-Nocca, M.N. Franklin, R.K. Gibson, E. Gidengil, K. Grönlund, E. Guntermann, Ó.T. Hardarson, S. Holmberg, M. Hooghe, L. Huddy, S. Kosmidis, A. Krishmamurthy, M. Kroh, M. Krönke, G. Lutz, N. Madan, S.J. Mayer, R. Mattes, I. McAllister, K. Mehling Ice, N. Nevitte, E.H. Önnudóttir, H. Oscarsson, R. Pannico, K.M. Renberg, H.M. Ridge, M. Rosema, J. Sandor, L.P.Santoso, N. Sauger, A. Shehata, C. Shenga, M.R. Steenbergen, J. Strömbäck, J. Thomassen, S. Ward, A. Widfeldt, M. Yamada


1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on Political Partisanship 1
Henrik Oscarsson and Sören Holmberg
2 Party identification: down but not out 14
Sören Holmberg and Henrik Oscarsson

3 Party government and democracy 31
Jacques Thomassen
4 Partisanship: conceptualizations and consequences 47
Lisa Madeleine Carius-Munz
5 Media and political partisanship 60
Adam Shehata and Jesper Strömbäck
6 The blinders of partisanship 74
Russell J. Dalton
7 The origins and effect of negative partisanship 89
Alexa Bankert

8 Measuring the direction and strength of partisan identity 103
Leonie Huddy, Caitlin Davies and Joseph Sandor
9 Measuring party attachments with survey questionnaires 123
Martin Rosema and Sabrina J. Mayer
10 Measuring elite‒mass linkages through the Internet 141
Florence Ecormier-Nocca and Nicolas Sauger
11 Partisan ambivalence in multi-party systems 154
Marco R. Steenbergen

12 Party identification and its evolution over time 167
Eva H. Önnudóttir and Ólafur fi. Har›arson
13 The formative period of party identification 177
Martin Kroh
14 The populist right-wing partisan 190
Anders Widfeldt
15 The role of political parties in partisanship 202
Carlos Shenga
16 Partisanship in the digital age 211
Rachel K. Gibson and Stephen Ward
17 Party identification: resilience under strain 225
Elisabeth Gidengil and Neil Nevitte
18 Partisanship and ideology in Japan 236
Masahiro Yamada

19 Does a partisan public increase democratic stability? 256
John H. Aldrich, Austin Bussing, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Nicolas Madan,
Katelyn Mehling Ice, Kristen M. Renberg and Hannah M. Ridge
20 Partisanship and political participation 266
Ian McAllister
21 Attitudinal consequences of partisanship for new parties 281
Eva Anduiza and Roberto Pannico
22 Partisan bias in economic perceptions 294
Lie Philip Santoso
23 Partisanship in the process of party choice 308
Mark N. Franklin and Georg Lutz
24 Partisanship, policy-making and democracy 328
Spyros Kosmidis
25 Beyond party identification 335
Eric Guntermann
26 Partisanship and citizen deliberation 349
Kimmo Grönlund
27 Partisanship and political trust 358
Marc Hooghe
28 The consequences of partisanship in Africa 368
Robert Mattes and Matthias Krönke

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