Title: Age, Period and Cohort effects in the Decline of Party Identification in Germany. An Analysis of a Two Decade Panel Study in Germany (1992-2009)
Authors: Dassonneville, Ruth ×
Hooghe, Marc
Vanhoutte, Bram #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: F. Cass
Series Title: German Politics vol:21 issue:2 pages:209-227
Conference: Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) edition:70 location:Chicago date:12-15 April 2012
Abstract: Party identification traditionally is seen as an important linkage mechanism, connecting voters to the party system. Previous analyses have suggested that the level of party identity is in decline in Germany, and in this article, we first expand previous observations with more recent data. These suggest that the erosion of party identity continues up to the present time. An age-period-cohort analysis of the panel data of the SOEP panel suggests that period effects are significantly negative. Furthermore, it can be observed that throughout the 1992-2009 observation period, education level and political interest have become more important determinants of party identity. Contrary to some of the literature, therefore, it can be shown that the loss of party identity is concentrated among groups with lower levels of political sophistication, indicating that the socio-economic profile of the group with a sense of party identification has become more distinct compared to the population as a whole. In the discussion, we investigate the theoretical and democratic consequences of this trend.
ISSN: 0964-4008
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

Files in This Item:
File Description Status SizeFormat
Party Identity Germany 2012.pdffull article Published 489KbAdobe PDFView/Open


All items in Lirias are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

© Web of science