On the durability of Green politics: Evidence from the 1989 European election study

M.N. Franklin, Wolfgang Rudig

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

25 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Green parties have been seen by some scholars as expressing a new cleavage that should give them the same sort of permanence as was once enjoyed by traditional cleavage-based parties, but other scholars suggest that support for Green parties will prove more ephemeral if Green issues are eventually taken up by older parties. In this article, we study the prospects for Green party durability from several perspectives using data from the 1989 European Election Study. We conclude that while Green parties are unlikely to demonstrate extreme volatility, neither do they have any guarantee of long-term support. In reaching this conclusion, we assess postmaterialist and other theoretical perspectives on Green voting, none of which account satisfactorily for observed phenomena. The ubiquitous importance of environmental concern, however, suggests the possibility of an ecological cleavage underlying the support for Green parties.
LanguageEnglish
Pages409-439
Number of pages31
JournalComparative Political Studies
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1995

Fingerprint

Green Party
election research
politics
evidence
voting
guarantee

Keywords

  • politics
  • green politics
  • green policy
  • European election

Cite this

@article{1b19a170e9ad485dae456ce2c637d712,
title = "On the durability of Green politics: Evidence from the 1989 European election study",
abstract = "Green parties have been seen by some scholars as expressing a new cleavage that should give them the same sort of permanence as was once enjoyed by traditional cleavage-based parties, but other scholars suggest that support for Green parties will prove more ephemeral if Green issues are eventually taken up by older parties. In this article, we study the prospects for Green party durability from several perspectives using data from the 1989 European Election Study. We conclude that while Green parties are unlikely to demonstrate extreme volatility, neither do they have any guarantee of long-term support. In reaching this conclusion, we assess postmaterialist and other theoretical perspectives on Green voting, none of which account satisfactorily for observed phenomena. The ubiquitous importance of environmental concern, however, suggests the possibility of an ecological cleavage underlying the support for Green parties.",
keywords = "politics, green politics, green policy, European election",
author = "M.N. Franklin and Wolfgang Rudig",
year = "1995",
month = "10",
doi = "10.1177/0010414095028003004",
language = "English",
volume = "28",
pages = "409--439",
journal = "Comparative Political Studies",
issn = "0010-4140",
number = "3",

}

On the durability of Green politics : Evidence from the 1989 European election study. / Franklin, M.N.; Rudig, Wolfgang.

In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, 10.1995, p. 409-439.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - On the durability of Green politics

T2 - Comparative Political Studies

AU - Franklin, M.N.

AU - Rudig, Wolfgang

PY - 1995/10

Y1 - 1995/10

N2 - Green parties have been seen by some scholars as expressing a new cleavage that should give them the same sort of permanence as was once enjoyed by traditional cleavage-based parties, but other scholars suggest that support for Green parties will prove more ephemeral if Green issues are eventually taken up by older parties. In this article, we study the prospects for Green party durability from several perspectives using data from the 1989 European Election Study. We conclude that while Green parties are unlikely to demonstrate extreme volatility, neither do they have any guarantee of long-term support. In reaching this conclusion, we assess postmaterialist and other theoretical perspectives on Green voting, none of which account satisfactorily for observed phenomena. The ubiquitous importance of environmental concern, however, suggests the possibility of an ecological cleavage underlying the support for Green parties.

AB - Green parties have been seen by some scholars as expressing a new cleavage that should give them the same sort of permanence as was once enjoyed by traditional cleavage-based parties, but other scholars suggest that support for Green parties will prove more ephemeral if Green issues are eventually taken up by older parties. In this article, we study the prospects for Green party durability from several perspectives using data from the 1989 European Election Study. We conclude that while Green parties are unlikely to demonstrate extreme volatility, neither do they have any guarantee of long-term support. In reaching this conclusion, we assess postmaterialist and other theoretical perspectives on Green voting, none of which account satisfactorily for observed phenomena. The ubiquitous importance of environmental concern, however, suggests the possibility of an ecological cleavage underlying the support for Green parties.

KW - politics

KW - green politics

KW - green policy

KW - European election

U2 - 10.1177/0010414095028003004

DO - 10.1177/0010414095028003004

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 409

EP - 439

JO - Comparative Political Studies

JF - Comparative Political Studies

SN - 0010-4140

IS - 3

ER -