Social Mechanisms Influencing the Class Vote Across Generations and Time Periods: An Analysis for West-Germany

Franz Urban Pappi & Jens Brandenburg
Social influences on the class vote result in a higher SPD-vote of workers who live in class-homogeneous environments. These environments can be operationalized as ego-centric networks. In West Germany, these social influences are restricted to older cohorts and earlier Bundestag elections. This result gets corroborated by applying a more sophisticated dynamic version of an influence model, which analyses the relationship between party identification and the vote intention. It is shown that workers who do not...
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