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Farewell to the Leftist Working Class
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Dick Houtman is associate professor of sociology at Erasmus University and a member of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research. His most recent book is Class Politics in Contemporary Social Science: "Marxism Lite" and Its Blind Spot for Culture. Peter Achterberg is a post-doctoral fellow of sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research. Anton Derks is a researcher at the Flemish Ministry of Education and a guest professor at the Free University Brussels, Belgium. He is the co-author of Predictable Risks: The Wounds Left by Unemployment among Men and Their Children, Removing the Masks, and Individualism without a Cause.

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-Farewell to the Leftist Working Class is a quantitative study of primarily working class voting patterns based on survey data largely from Western Europe and some from the United States... [It] examine[s] the class theory of politics and seek[s] to determine whether the theory is still relevant when explaining working class politics in particular, and if not, to suggest an alternative explanation for working class voting patterns... The authors conclude that the decline of leftist voting patterns and the rise of voting on the part of the working classes of Western capitalist countries does not necessarily disprove a class theory of politics but rather confirms a cultural theory of politics.- --Rhonda F. Levine, Contemporary Sociology -[H]ighly interesting. The general idea pursued is intriguing and constitutes an important contribution to the debate about the electoral importance not only of class, but also of social structure altogether. The authors make good use of a wide variety of data sources and arrive at highly relevant substantial conclusions.- --Rune Stubager, University of Aarhus, Denmark "Farewell to the Leftist Working Class is a quantitative study of primarily working class voting patterns based on survey data largely from Western Europe and some from the United States... [It] examine[s] the class theory of politics and seek[s] to determine whether the theory is still relevant when explaining working class politics in particular, and if not, to suggest an alternative explanation for working class voting patterns... The authors conclude that the decline of leftist voting patterns and the rise of voting on the part of the working classes of Western capitalist countries does not necessarily disprove a class theory of politics but rather confirms a cultural theory of politics." --Rhonda F. Levine, Contemporary Sociology "[H]ighly interesting. The general idea pursued is intriguing and constitutes an important contribution to the debate about the electoral importance not only of class, but also of social structure altogether. The authors make good use of a wide variety of data sources and arrive at highly relevant substantial conclusions." --Rune Stubager, University of Aarhus, Denmark "Farewell to the Leftist Working Class is a quantitative study of primarily working class voting patterns based on survey data largely from Western Europe and some from the United States... [It] examine[s] the class theory of politics and seek[s] to determine whether the theory is still relevant when explaining working class politics in particular, and if not, to suggest an alternative explanation for working class voting patterns... The authors conclude that the decline of leftist voting patterns and the rise of voting on the part of the working classes of Western capitalist countries does not necessarily disprove a class theory of politics but rather confirms a cultural theory of politics." --Rhonda F. Levine, Contemporary Sociology "[H]ighly interesting. The general idea pursued is intriguing and constitutes an important contribution to the debate about the electoral importance not only of class, but also of social structure altogether. The authors make good use of a wide variety of data sources and arrive at highly relevant substantial conclusions." --Rune Stubager, University of Aarhus, Denmark

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