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By Scott Farris

Because the 2012 presidential crusade starts: Profiles of twelve males who've run for the presidency and misplaced, yet who, even in defeat, have had a better impression on American historical past than a lot of those that have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."

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The first of these, 'The Politics of Interests and Class Realignment in the Czech Republic, 1992-1996' by Petr Mateju, Blanka Rehakova, and myself, studies a relatively 'Western' country, the Czech Republic, over a four-year period in which the costs of marketization would appear to have become increasingly apparent to the Czech electorate. The Evans/Whitefield chapter on 'The Emergence of Class Politics and Class Voting in Post-Communist Russia' moves eastward to a country whose post-communist experience has been very different from that of the relatively advantaged Czechs, and examines the emergence of class divisions in political preferences in Russia during the early and middle part of the decade.

E. 04 — — No. 05 The variable Year is centred around 1980. Austria. Thus, we might conclude that in most countries levels of Erikson-Goldthorpe class voting have declined. However, only in Germany, Britain, and Norway do these trend-parameters differ significantly from zero. That most trend-parameters are not statistically significantly different from zero might again be due to the fact that for the pertinent countries only a limited number of datasets were available. Only in the case of the United States and the Netherlands, that is, countries where we have data for more than ten years, can we be reasonably certain that no systematic decline in Erikson-Goldthorpe class voting has occurred.

2. To what extent was there a decline in levels of class voting in these countries over that period? In doing so we endeavour to improve on previous studies in two ways: first by collating and analysing an extensive dataset from no less than twenty countries over a period (1945-90) of up to almost fifty years; secondly, by investigating whether the use of a more or less detailed class schema leads to different conclusions regarding differences and trends in class voting. More precisely, we want to know to what degree variation in manual/nonmanual class voting between countries and periods is the result of variations over time and across countries in the composition of manual and nonmanual classes.

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