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Integrative and divisive roles of political parties: Party attachment, Ideology and satisfaction with democracy in the Netherlands
Romanian Journal of Political Science (2014)
  • Bojan Todosijević, Institute of social sciences, Belgrade
Abstract

Political parties can be seen as agents of both integration and division. Attachment to political parties may function as an integrating mechanism by channeling political and ideological polarization away from system-challenging activities towards the regime support and acceptance of the prevailing political (democratic) order. At the same time, parties might also foster extremism and dissatisfaction with democratic performance. This paper examines these possibilities using Dutch Election Studies data. The empirical examination of the relationships between the triangle of ideological extremism, partisanship, and satisfaction with democracy provides mixed support for both interpretations, and emphasizes the double role of partisanship.

Keywords
  • Partisanship,
  • ideological extremism,
  • satisfaction with democracy,
  • the Netherlands
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Publication Date
Winter 2014
Citation Information
Bojan Todosijević. "Integrative and divisive roles of political parties: Party attachment, Ideology and satisfaction with democracy in the Netherlands" Romanian Journal of Political Science Vol. 14 Iss. 2 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bojan_todosijevic/6/