Social Structure, Value Orientations and Party Choice in Western Europe

  • Oddbjørn Knutsen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Oddbjørn Knutsen
    Pages 59-110
  3. Oddbjørn Knutsen, Peter Egge Langsæther
    Pages 111-194
  4. Oddbjørn Knutsen
    Pages 195-239
  5. Oddbjørn Knutsen
    Pages 265-273
  6. Oddbjørn Knutsen
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-303

About this book


This book analyses the impact of socio-structural variables, such as social class, religion, urban/rural residence, age and gender, on influencing an individual’s voting preferences. There have been major changes in recent decades both to social structure and how social structure determines people’s voting behaviour. There has also been a shift in value orientations, for example from religious to secular values and from more authoritarian to libertarian values. The author addresses the questions: How do social structure and value orientations influence party choice in advanced industrial democracies?; To what extent is the impact of social structure on party choice transmitted via value orientations?; To what extent is the impact of value orientations on party choice causal effects when controlled for the prior structural variables? The book will be of use to advanced students and scholars in the fields of comparative politics, electoral politics and political sociology. 


socio-structural variables social class religion and politics age and political preference gender and politics voting preferences voting behaviour influences of party choice comparative European politics European Values Study 2008 Party choice and social structure Old Politics and New Politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Oddbjørn Knutsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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