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Varieties of Radicalism. Examining the Diversity of Radical Left Parties and Voters in Western Europe

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posted on 24.06.2015, 11:12 by R. Gomez, Laura Morales, Luis Ramiro
Radical left parties (RLPs) are a diverse lot and several RLP subtypes have been distinguished in the literature. However, the degree to which these subtypes are associated to significantly different policy proposals has not been analysed. At the same time, little is known about whether these predicated subtypes are associated to differences in their voters’ characteristics. In this article, we analyse the policy positions of RLPs across a number of issues using manifesto and expert survey data, allowing us to assess the nature of the differentiation between types of RLPs. We find that RLPs differ in the extent to which they adopt New Politics issues, and we propose a classification of Traditional and New Left RLPs. Using cross-national survey data coming from the European Election Studies series and multilevel multinomial models, we also examine the ideological, policy and social differences in the electorates of the various types of RLPs. We find socio-demographic and attitudinal differences between the voters of Traditional and New Left RLPs that are consistent with the programmatic differences of the parties.

Funding

This research has been made possible by the financial support of grant CSO2012-38665 of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

History

Citation

West European Politics 2015

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

West European Politics 2015

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0140-2382

eissn

1743-9655

Copyright date

2015

Available date

17/02/2017

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01402382.2015.1064245

Language

en