Elections: The Expression of the Democratic Class Struggle 1
IN EVERY modern democracy conflict among different groups is expressed through political parties which basically represent a "democratic translation of the class struggle." Even though many parties renounce the principle of class conflict or loyalty, an analysis of their appeals and their support suggests that they do represent the interests of different classes. On a world scale, the principal generalization which can be made is that parties are primarily based on either the lower classes or the middle and upper classes. This generalization even holds true for the American parties, which have traditionally been considered an exception to the class-cleavage pattern of Europe. The Democrats from the beginning of their history have drawn more support from the lower strata of the society, while the Federalist, Whig, and____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Political Man:The Social Bases of Politics. Contributors: Seymour Martin Lipset - Author. Publisher: Doubleday. Place of publication: Garden City, NY. Publication year: 1960. Page number: 220.