The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science. The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts. The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies. The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods.

Value Cleavages

Value Cleavages
Romain Lachat


The concept of ‘value cleavages’ has emerged in the literature on New Politics to denote new divisions among the electorate. It is most directly linked with the work of Inglehart (1977, 1984, 1990), who emphasized the emergence in advanced industrial societies of a new conflict between materialist and postmaterialist value orientations. Much empirical evidence was provided to show that the development of postmaterialist values among younger generations was a significant change and one that could be observed in a variety of countries. Following Inglehart, this value opposition had the potential to become a central dimension of political conflict. He argued that this division was strong and stable enough to durably affect the patterns of party ...

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