Research Handbook on Political Partisanship
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Research Handbook on Political Partisanship

Edited by Henrik Oscarsson and Sören Holmberg

Based on cutting-edge global data, the Research Handbook of Political Partisanship argues that partisanship is down, but not out, in contemporary democracies. Engaging with key scholarly debates, from the rise of right-wing partisanship to the effects of digitalization on partisanship, contributions highlight the significance of political partisanship not only in the present but in the future of democracies internationally.
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Chapter 21: Attitudinal consequences of partisanship for new parties

Eva Anduiza and Roberto Pannico

Abstract

The chapter explores how partisanship affects political engagement and support, paying specific attention to new parties. Using panel data collected in Spain during a period of profound party system change, the authors estimate the extent to which partisanship with new parties influences citizens’ levels of interest in politics and trust in political institutions. Developing an identification with a new party increases levels of political interest, but only for individuals without a prior party identification. This effect is not very different to the one produced by acquiring an identification with an old party: new parties seem to work much like old parties do. On the other hand, partisanship with new parties does not increase levels of trust in political institutions. The chapter discusses these findings and elaborates on the methodological challenges of analysing the consequences of partisan change along time.

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