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Fragmentation without cleavages? Endogenous fractionalization in the Brazilian party system

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This article investigates the causes of party system hyperfragmentation in Brazil. We ask why hyperfragmentation—understood as extreme multipartism that continues to fractionalize—occurs despite significant changes to social cleavages or to electoral rules. Using survey data from federal legislators, we rule out the possibility of new issue-based multidimensionality. Using new estimates of the ideological position of legislative parties, we show that new party entry was not driven by polariza...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.5129/001041521X15941508069585

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
St Antony's College
ORCID:
0000-0003-3684-9914
Publisher:
City University of New York Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Politics Journal website
Publication date:
2020-08-04
Acceptance date:
2019-08-27
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ISSN:
0010-4159
Pubs id:
pubs:1061307
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uuid:77913bdc-be7a-4783-9b09-83d5e1cd8555
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1061307
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pubs:1061307

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