sectoral cleavages

sectoral cleavages

the bases of political interests and political action which, to some extent, cross-cut the basic left-right CLASS CLEAVAGE which has usually been regarded as central in politics (see Dunleavy, 1980). Significant sectoral cleavages include:
  1. private and public-sector employment;
  2. private and ‘collective’ consumption sectors (e.g. interests arising from the existence of public and private sectors in housing, transport, and the provision of welfare). See also URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, CORPORATISM.
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