Portugal at the Polls is a timely evaluation of the quality of Portuguese democracy. Measuring both political attitudes and electoral behavior, this volume addresses one of the most central features of democracy, the relationship between citizens and institutions. Editors Andre Freire, Marina Costa Lobo, and Pedro Magalhaes take full advantage of the first Portuguese post-electoral academic survey to complete this study. Moreover, the study theoretically analyzes the contribution of behavioral and political attitudes to the particular 2002 election as well as Portuguese democratic politics in general. While each chapter explores specific details, the chapters generally fall into one of two over arching themes. The first theme contextualizes Portugal in a greater trend of elections being based on candidate image and economic performance at the cost of long-term social goals. The second theme incorporates Portugal into recent scholarship of other industrial democracies, which has amassed an important body of evidence about growing political dissatisfaction and disengagement of citizens. The editors have synthesized the important but fragmentary scholarship addressing Portugal's "political malaise".Portugal at the Polls is essential reading for any scholar interested in contemporary Portuguese politics.
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About the Author
André Freire is associate professor of political science and methodology at the University Institute of Social Sciences and Business Studies in Lisbon. Marina Costa Lobo is a researcher at the University of Lisbon's Institute of Social Sciences. Pedro C. Magalhães is a researcher at the University of Lisbon's Institute of Social Sciences.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction: Portugal at the Polls in 2002 Chapter 2 Portuguese Elections in Comparative Perspective: Parties and Electoral Behavior in Southern Europe Chapter 3 The Same Old Cleavages? Old Cleavages and New Values Chapter 4 Economics, Popularity and Vote Intentions: A Longitudinal Analysis with Aggregate Data Chapter 5 Issue Voting in Portugal Chapter 6 Leader Effects in a Longitudinal Perspective Chapter 7 Abstention in the 2002 Elections Chapter 8 Exploring the Gender Gap in Portugal: Women's Political Participation Chapter 9 Trust, Mobilization, and Political Representation in Portugal Chapter 10 Conclusion