Political parties and democratic consolidation in post-communist societies

Ian McAllister*, Stephen White

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    Political parties have a central role to play in democratic consolidation, yet we know comparatively little about how effectively they represent social cleavages in newly emerging democracies. Using the Lipset-Rokkan framework, this article examines the role of parties in articulating social cleavages in 14 established and 6 emerging democracies using the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems datasets. The results show that the social cleavages in the emerging democracies are similar to those of the established democracies, with religion and class predominating. Parties appear to be less effective in representing social cleavages in the emerging than in the established democracies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-216
    Number of pages20
    JournalParty Politics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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