• Age, Period and Cohort effects in the Decline of Party Identification in Germany 

    An Analysis of a Two Decade Panel Study in Germany (1992-2009)
    Dassonneville, Ruth; Hooghe, Marc; Vanhoutte, Bram (2012-04-27)
    Party identification traditionally is seen as an important linkage mechanism, connecting voters to the party system. Previous analyses have suggested that the level of party identity is in decline in Germany, and in this article, we first expand previous ...
  • The Effects of Civic Education on Political Knowledge 

    A Two Year Panel Survey among Belgian Adolescents
    Hooghe, Marc; Dassonneville, Ruth (2011-09)
    Traditionally political knowledge was regarded as an important potential outcome for civic education efforts. Most of the currently available research, however, tends to focus on non-cognitive goals, despite the fact that studies repeatedly have shown ...
  • Election Forecasting under Opaque Conditions 

    A Model for Francophone Belgium, 1981-2010
    Dassonneville, Ruth; Hooghe, Marc (2012)
    Election forecasting models assume retrospective economic voting and clear mechanisms of accountability. Previous research indeed indicates that incumbent political parties are being held accountable for the state of the economy. In this article we ...
  • Partisan Dealignment in Germany: A rejoinder to Russell Dalton 

    Dassonneville, Ruth; Hooghe, Marc; Vanhoutte, Bram (2014)
    The work of Russell Dalton has undoubtedly played a seminal role in the study of the relation between political sophistication and partisan dealignment. We furthermore acknowledge the presence of a consensus on the occurrence of lower levels of ...
  • Party Members as an Electoral Linking Mechanism 

    An Election Forecasting Model for Political Parties in Belgium, 1981-2010
    Dassonneville, Ruth; Hooghe, Marc (2014)
    While party membership figures are clearly in decline in several Western countries, different interpretations have been offered on the likely consequences of this trend. Some authors stress that members have lost most of their importance for political ...
  • The Relation Between Civic Education and Political Attitudes and Behavior 

    A Two-Year Panel Study Among Belgian Late Adolescents
    Dassonneville, Ruth; Quintelier, Ellen; Hooghe, Marc; Claes, Ellen (2012)
    It is generally assumed that civic education efforts will have a positive effect on the political attitudes and behaviors of adolescents and young adults. There is less agreement, however, on the most effective forms of civic education. In the present ...
  • Voters and Candidates of the Future 

    The Intention for Electoral Participation among Adolescents in 22 European countries
    Dassonneville, Ruth; Hooghe, Marc (2013)
    Within the literature there is a growing concern about lower voter turnout rates among young age cohorts. In this article we investigate the reported willingness to vote among 72,466 14-year old adolescents from 22 European countries, taking part in ...