This study analyses the relevance and the meaning given by Italians to the politicallabels ‘left’ and ‘right’ between 1975 and 2006. Based on responses to the open-endedquestion ‘What do you mean by “left/right” in politics?’, the study compares five alternativehypotheses on the meaning of the left-right axis and show that, despite the alleged end ofideologies, the relevance of the axis has increased over time. A core of abstract meaningspersists throughout the thirty-year period considered. As the importance of abstract meaningshas increased over time, reference to more concrete contents (such as ‘parties’ and‘leaders’) has decreased.The findings thus support the hypothesis that the left-right axis hasthe functional characteristics of social representations.

Between ideology and social representations: Four theses plus (a new) one on the relevance and the meaning of the political left and right / Cavazza, Nicoletta; P., Corbetta; M., Roccato. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL RESEARCH. - ISSN 0304-4130. - STAMPA. - 48:5(2009), pp. 622-641. [10.1111/j.1475-6765.2009.00845.x]

Between ideology and social representations: Four theses plus (a new) one on the relevance and the meaning of the political left and right.

CAVAZZA, Nicoletta;
2009

Abstract

This study analyses the relevance and the meaning given by Italians to the politicallabels ‘left’ and ‘right’ between 1975 and 2006. Based on responses to the open-endedquestion ‘What do you mean by “left/right” in politics?’, the study compares five alternativehypotheses on the meaning of the left-right axis and show that, despite the alleged end ofideologies, the relevance of the axis has increased over time. A core of abstract meaningspersists throughout the thirty-year period considered. As the importance of abstract meaningshas increased over time, reference to more concrete contents (such as ‘parties’ and‘leaders’) has decreased.The findings thus support the hypothesis that the left-right axis hasthe functional characteristics of social representations.
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Between ideology and social representations: Four theses plus (a new) one on the relevance and the meaning of the political left and right / Cavazza, Nicoletta; P., Corbetta; M., Roccato. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL RESEARCH. - ISSN 0304-4130. - STAMPA. - 48:5(2009), pp. 622-641. [10.1111/j.1475-6765.2009.00845.x]
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