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Do European Parliament elections impact national party system fragmentation?

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Why have European large parties lost electoral ground in recent decades? Whereas most explanations draw on theories of dealignment, this paper advances a novel, institutional, argument by focusing on the introduction of direct elections to the European Parliament (EP) in 1979. Archetypes of second-order elections, EP elections are characterized by lower vote shares for 1) large and 2) incumbent parties. Bridging the second-order elections theory with theories of political socialization, we po...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1177/0010414017710259

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Department:
Oxford, SSD, Politics & Int Relations
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Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Political Studies Journal website
Volume:
51
Issue:
4
Pages:
447-476
Publication date:
2017-06-20
Acceptance date:
2017-03-17
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EISSN:
1552-3829
ISSN:
0010-4140
Pubs id:
pubs:697556
URN:
uri:54774718-4f85-40d6-96cf-f8c92ff825a4
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uuid:54774718-4f85-40d6-96cf-f8c92ff825a4
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pubs:697556
Paper number:
4

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