julio 4, 2024
Autor: WID.world

‘Political cleavages and social inequalities’ now available in Greek

Who votes for whom and why? Why has growing inequality in many parts of the world not led to renewed class-based conflicts, and seems instead to have come with the emergence of new divides over identity and integration?

The collective work, Political Cleavages and Social Inequalities. A Study of Fifty Democracies, 1948–2020, offers some answers to these questions by tracing the transformation of political cleavages in some fifty countries between 1948 and 2020. Using electoral surveys covering all five continents, the book examines the link between voting behavior and key voter characteristics such as income, education, gender and ethno-religious identity.

Since its first publication in English, the book has been translated into French (2021) and Dutch (2022). The new Greek translation (2024) includes a new chapter on political divisions in Greece from 1980 to 2019 and an epilogue on Greece’s economic history after 1974.

Panos Tsoukalis, author of the Greek chapters of the book, said:

“The modern history of Greece has been tumultuous. From being one of the best performers in the Eurozone, it faced the most severe crisis which had significant consequences on party politics. The publication of this book in Greek, including our study on Greece, not only confirms that political cleavages in Greece have followed unique patterns, but also allows Greek readers to compare the history of their own country to patterns found in several other democracies.”

The World Political Cleavages and Inequality Database (WPID) complements the book. This website is the result of a collaborative research program involving about twenty researchers. The aim is to provide open access to comparable, harmonized data on the structure of political cleavages and social inequalities around the world. Earlier this year, 18 countries were updated with newly available electoral surveys. The website now covers over 50 western and non-western countries and more than 300 elections from 1948 today.

>> Explore the database using our interactive tool




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