Lecture 6: Globalisation, occupational change, and changing class structure.

In this lecture we will analyse the socio-structural impact of technology and globalisation on social class, occupational change and voting behaviour.

We will argue that these structural changes have created new social class dynamics that shape socio-economic (left/right) and socio-cultural (libertarian/conservative) attitudes.

In turn, socio-economic and socio-cultural attitudes (demand) intersect to shape electoral politics (supply). Challenger parties increasingly mobilise the bottom quadrants.

This can be schematically mapped out in the following way:


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R – Parties (1)R – Parties (2)R – Voters (1)R – Voters (2)


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