By means of a re-analysis of the most relevant data source (Nieuwbeerta & Ganzeboom 1996), this paper criticizes the newly grown consensus in political sociology that class voting has declined since World War II. An increase of crosscutting cultural voting, rooted in educational differences, rather than a decline of class voting proves responsible for the decline of the traditional class-party alignments. Moreover, income differences have not become less, but more consequential for voting behavior during this period. It is concluded that the new consensus has been built on quicksand. Class is not dead – it has been buried alive under the increasing weight of cultural voting, systematically misinterpreted as a decline of class voting, due to the widespread application of the Alford index.

class, class voting, political culture, social change, sociology, voting behaviour
Sociology of Economics (jel A14)
hdl.handle.net/1765/12180
Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS)
Department of Sociology

Achterberg, P.H.J, Houtman, D, & van der Waal, J. (2008). Class is not dead. It has been buried alive (No. SOC-2007-002). Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/12180