Cleavages, Institutions and Competition

Emanuele, V. (2018), ‘Cleavages, institutions, and competition. Understanding vote nationalization in Western Europe (1965-2015)’, London: Rowman and Littlefield/ECPR Press.

ISBN: 9781786606730

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The study of how party systems are structured across territorial lines is a crucial research question for political scientists, whose answer is fraught with consequences for the political system and the democratic process.

This book addresses this topic, asking:

What has been the evolution of the vote nationalisation process in Western Europe during the last fifty years?

Which factors can account for the vote nationalisation’s variance across Western European party system?

Through a macro-comparative perspective and original empirical research, involving 230 parliamentary elections in sixteen countries during the 1965─2015 period, this book answers these questions. It analyses the evolution of vote nationalisation in Western European party systems over the last fifty years and looks for an explanation.

The result is a far-reaching understanding of the macro-constellation of factors involved in the process, including macro-sociological, institutional, and competition determinants.

‘In a time where party changes on different levels and the emergence of new parties are characterising European politics, the author analyses and explains the territorial structuring of party support in Western Europe over the last fifty years, thanks to a rich and original dataset. The result is this book that any scholar, student, and practitioner of contemporary politics should read and ponder carefully.’
Leonardo Morlino, Former President, International Political Science Association (IPSA)

‘This in-depth analysis of vote nationalisation in the Western European democracies provides a much-needed clarification of the concept and a comprehensive and systematic explanation of its patterns of variation. In this regard, it makes significant theoretical and empirical contributions and will be a precious source for anyone involved in the study of elections, parties and party systems.’
Alessandro Chiaramonte, Professor of Political Science, University of Florence


Vincenzo Emanuele è ricercatore in Scienza Politica presso la LUISS Guido Carli di Roma. Ha conseguito il dottorato di ricerca in Scienza della Politica presso la Scuola Normale Superiore (ex SUM) di Firenze con una tesi sul processo di nazionalizzazione del voto in Europa occidentale e le sue possibili determinanti. La sua tesi ha vinto il Premio 'Enrico Melchionda' conferita alle tesi di dottorato in Scienze Politiche discusse nel triennio 2012-2014 e il Premio 'Celso Ghini' come miglior tesi di dottorato in materia elettorale del biennio 2013-2014. È membro del CISE, di ITANES (Italian National Election Studies) e co-coordinatore del Research Network in Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections del CES (Council of European Studies). I suoi interessi di ricerca si concentrano sulle elezioni e i sistemi di partito in prospettiva comparata, con particolare riferimento ai processi di nazionalizzazione e istituzionalizzazione. Ha pubblicato articoli su Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, South European Society and Politics, Government and Opposition, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Research, oltre che sulle principali riviste scientifiche italiane. La sua monografia Cleavages, institutions, and competition. Understanding vote nationalization in Western Europe (1965-2015) è edita da Rowman and Littlefield/ECPR Press (2018). Sulle elezioni italiane del 2018, ha curato la Special Issue di Italian Political Science ‘Who’s the winner? An analysis of the 2018 Italian general election’. Clicca qui per accedere sito internet personale. Clicca qui per accedere al profilo su IRIS.