The political party as a network of cleavages: Disclosing the inner structure of Italian political parties in the seventies

  title={The political party as a network of cleavages: Disclosing the inner structure of Italian political parties in the seventies},
  author={Paolo Parigi and L. Sartori},
  journal={Soc. Networks},
Abstract Building on two established perspectives on the political party, in this paper we view the party as an organized network of formal and informal relationships between individuals that reflects national cleavages. We test this interpretation using two Italian parties of the 1970s that played major roles in shaping political and social life of the country: the Christian Democrats, or DC, and the Communists, or PCI. The 1970s saw the culmination of the DC and PCI's two-party dominance of… Expand
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