political cleavage

political cleavage

the division within a political system into competing POLITICAL PARTIES where this leads to a two-party political system, or similar division into competing party blocs (especially a broad left-right division in the pattern of political allegiance), where patterns of allegiance are based primarily on class divisions. For a theorist such as LIPSET (1959), the pattern of political cleavage within a political system is the key to understanding and explaining different types of political system. Thus, whereas STABLE DEMOCRACIES have tended to be characterized by a clearly defined cleavage between class parties, though tempered by the existence of a fundamental CONSENSUS On ‘the rules of the political game’, other kinds of political system have lacked one or both of these requirements. See also CLASS CLEAVAGE, LEFT-RIGHT CONTINUUM.
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The political cleavage between the two Sharifs is too obvious to ignore and may further intensify with the impending court decision in graft cases against Nawaz and his family likely to be announced in the next few weeks.
Two types of political cleavage are exacerbated in the process: an identity cleavage, revolving around nationhood, ethnicity, or religion, and an income cleavage, revolving around social class.
Although they write as economists, they are not oblivious to the political cleavage between European citizens and their leaders.
John Fuh-sheng Hsieh leads by demonstrating that national identity, defined as the electorate's position on the future relationship between China and Taiwan, is the most important political cleavage on the island.
I SEE someone has finally accused John Reid of being biased towards one side of Northern Ireland's heaving political cleavage.
This particular political cleavage, however, is extremely specific and is unlikely to have significant implications for consensus-building on issues such as health or education policy.
The major political cleavage among Syrian Kurdish parties is the issue of autonomy.
However, what is important for our analyses is that the left-right dimension summarizes important aspects of political cleavage in a political system, even if they vary across nations.
So argues Kaldor (global governance, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) as he describes how the globalization has wrought a political cleavage between universal, multicultural cosmopolitanism and the politics of particularist identities of nation, clan, religion, ethnicity, or language that gives rise to new wars.
In short, issues of national identity do constitute an important political cleavage in post-Soviet states, but others (class, age, region) are also crucial.
It's not a question of political will because all the draft law signatories are from different political sides," he argued, saying the effort was an "exception to the current political cleavage.
A core political cleavage existed across elections between the PRI and all opposition parties.