Parties and Voters: What Creates the Ties?
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
Scandinavian Political Studies
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 179–196, June 1997
How to Cite
Lane, J.-E. and Ersson, S. (1997), Parties and Voters: What Creates the Ties?. Scandinavian Political Studies, 20: 179–196. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9477.1997.tb00191.x
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
The increasing instability in the electorate and the party system forces us to reconsider the Lipset-Rokkan thesis about the frozen party system. In this approach, cleavages played a major role, but in Western Europe, this role has diminished significantly. The frequent shifts in voter allegiance call for a new understanding of the mechanisms that connect voters and parties. A reinterpretation of the concepts of a “frozen party system” or “cleavages” is not enough. We need a new theory about the strategic interaction between parties and a floating electorate.