Party political homogamy in Great Britain
Lampard, Richard. (1997) Party political homogamy in Great Britain. European Sociological Review, Vol.13 (No.1). pp. 79-99. ISSN 0266-7215
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This paper focuses on husbands' and wives' party political identifications in combination. There is a high level of party political homogamy in Great Britain (i.e. spouses tend to share the same party political identification). Statistical analyses show that levels of homogamy vary according to strength of party political identification, parental homogamy, age, and marital status. Levels of party political similarity are also shown to differ between marriage and other social relationships, and between first marriages and remarriages. Attitudes towards homogamy are shown to vary with age. The implications of these findings for theories relating to the origins of homogamy and to the consequences of heterogamy are considered. Broadly speaking, the findings indicate that party political homogamy is a consequence of demographic constraints, utility-maximizing choices, and responses to cultural norms.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Party affiliation -- Great Britain, Married people -- Attitudes, Divorced people -- Attitudes, Great Britain -- Politics and government|
|Journal or Publication Title:||European Sociological Review|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 79-99|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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