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Regional and National Elections in Western Europe

Territoriality of the Vote in Thirteen Countries

  • Régis Dandoy
  • Arjan H. Schakel

Part of the The Comparative Territorial Politics series book series (COMPTPOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Arjan H. Schakel, Régis Dandoy
    Pages 1-26
  3. Yosef Bhatti, Sune Welling Hansen
    Pages 68-87
  4. Fabien Escalona, Simon Labouret, Mathieu Vieira
    Pages 88-105
  5. Charlie Jeffery, Alia Middleton
    Pages 106-125
  6. Emanuele Massetti, Giulia Sandri
    Pages 142-161
  7. Lawrence E. Rose, Tore Hansen
    Pages 179-195
  8. Braulio Gómez Fortes, Laura Cabeza Perez
    Pages 196-215
  9. Daniel Bochsler, Fabio Wasserfallen
    Pages 234-253
  10. Arjan H. Schakel, Régis Dandoy
    Pages 275-299
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 300-329

About this book


Utilizing both historical and new research data, this book analyzes voting patterns for local and national elections in thirteen west European countries from 1945-2011. The result of rigorous and in-depth country studies, this book challenges the popular second-order model and presents an innovative framework to study regional voting patterns.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Régis Dandoy
    • 1
  • Arjan H. Schakel
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Maastricht Universitythe Netherlands

About the editors

Linda Berg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Yosef Bhatti, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Daniel Bochsler, University of Zurich, Switzerland Laura Cabeza Perez, Spanish National Research Council Fabien Escalona Braulio Gómez Fortes, Institute of Governance Tore Hansen, University of Oslo, Norway Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh, UK Marcelo Jenny, University of Vienna, Austria Simon Labouret, Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble Emanuele Massetti, University of Sussex, UK Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh, UK Alia Middleton, University of Edinburgh, UK Henrik E. Oscarsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Lawrence E. Rose, University of Oslo, Norway Giulia Sandri, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Stavros Skrinis, Panteion University Athens, Greece Mathieu Vieira, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Fabio Wasserfallen, University of Zurich, Switzerland Sune Welling Hansen, Danish Institute of Governmental Research

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'Elections at the subnational level have so far often been looked at through the lenses of methodological nationalism. That includes the assumption that they are 'second order' and thus only to be understood for their meaning at the statewide level. This collection does a great job analyzing carefully and systematically substate electoral dynamics on their own terms. The result is a must-read, a truly 'first order' book.'

Kris Deschouwer, Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

'This stimulating volume provides a comprehensive survey of the diversity and distinctiveness of regional elections across western Europe. Beyond this, it opens our eyes to regional elections as a core subject of comparative politics that repays serious study. This volume is a tour de force in transcending methodological nationalism.'

Gary Marks, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA and Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

'Together with a team of first-rate scholars, Dandoy and Schakel provide the first in depth and rigorous analysis of regional and national elections between 1945 and 2011 across 13 West European countries. In the context of an increasingly 'multi-level' Europe, this book rightly puts the comparative study of regional elections at the forefront of analysis and as such it successfully addresses the 'national bias' that had come to dominate much of party and electoral research until recent years. It is a must read for scholars of electoral studies, parties and federal and regional studies.'

Wilfried Swenden, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK

'This impressive book is a veritable treasure trove of striking data, suggestive conceptualisation and thought-provoking analysis. Its publication surely represents a landmark moment in the development of comparative electoral analysis.'

Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Cardiff University, UK

'A most welcome study on the interplay of regional and national elections. The comparative volume combines the advantages of a clear and comprehensive analytical framework with the richness of in-depth country chapters. The book explores the diversity of regional electoral behavior but it also finds common factors that are at play in many political systems in Western Europe'

Klaus Detterbeck, Department of Political Science, University of Magdeburg, Germany