Rowman and Littlefield International

Citizens, Elections, Parties

Approaches to the Comparative Study of the Processes of Development

By Stein Rokkan

Citizens, Elections, Parties remains the most complete guide to Rokkan's work up to 1970, and it is for this that Rokkan is most widely known today.

Paperback ISBN: 9780955248887 Release date: Oct 2009
£36.00 €49.00 $58.00

Pages: 488

ECPR Press

Stein Rokkan became one of the central figures of European comparative politics and political sociology in the post-war decades. Citizens, Elections, Parties remains the most complete guide to Rokkan's work up to 1970, and it is for this that Rokkan is most widely known today. The core question at the heart of this seminal work is what explains the political behaviour of citizens. The book brings together a series of studies, some conceptual and theoretical, others empirical and statistical, of processes of political development in industrialising and industrialised societies. The fourteen studies presented in the volume focus on three central themes in the comparative sociology of national development: first, the extension of citizenship to hitherto underprivileged strata of each territorial population; second, the mobilisation of the new masses through the institutionalisation of elections and the formation of parties and popular movements; and third, the reactions of the mobilised masses to the alternatives presented to them by the inherited national regime, by the parties, and by the new media of communication. Rokkan's work, as represented in Citizens, Elections, Parties, remains alive today; his analysis of the structural underpinnings of citizen behaviour was innovative and highly ambitious in its day and still remains relevant, with many of the questions he raised still not receiving an adequate answer. This edition includes a new introduction by Alan Renwick.


Introduction to ECPR Edition x

Preface 5

I. Nation-building, citizenship and political mobilization:

approaches and models. 11

1. The Comparative Study of Political Participation 13

2. Methods and Models in the Comparative Study

of Nation Building 46

3. Nation-Building, Cleavage Formation and the

Structuring of Mass Politics 72

II. Suffrage extensions and waves of mobilization:

empirical and statistical studies. 145

4. Electoral Systems 147

5. The Comparative Study of Electoral Statistics 169

6. The Mobilization of the Periphery 181

7. Electoral Mobilization, Party Competition and

National Integration 226

III. Citizen reactions in fully-fl edged party systems. 249

8. Cross-National Survey Analysis: Historical,

Analytical and Substantive Contexts 251

9. Party Preferences and Opinion Patterns in

Western Europe 293

10. Ideological Consistency and Party Preference:

Findings of a Seven-Country Survey 334

11. Electoral Activity, Party Membership and

Organizational Infl uence 352

12. Citizen Participation in Political Life:

a Comparison of Data for Norway and

the United States 362

13. The Voter, the Reader and the Party Press 397

14. Readers, Viewers, Voters 417

Bibliography 432

Index 464

Stein Rokkan was born in 1921 on the Lofoten archipelago in the far north of Norway and raised in the nearby town of Narvik. From these unlikely beginnings, he went on to become president of the International Political Science Association (1970–73), vice-president of the International Sociological Association (1966–70) and chairman of the European Consortium for Political Research (1970–76), of which he was also a co-founder. He was president of the International Social Science Council associated with UNESCO (1973–77) and chairman of Nordisk Forbund for Statskundskab (1975–76). Seymour Martin Lipset described him shortly after his death in 1979 as 'the pre-eminent political sociologist' of his generation. He remains widely cited in diverse literature today.

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