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4 Comp. Pol. Stud. 3 (1971-1972)

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                               A   CROSS-NATIONAL

                             ANALYSIS OF INTER-

                       GENERATIONAL SOCIAL

                                        MOBILITY AND

                     POLITICAL ORIENTATION


                                      KENNETH H. THOMPSON
                                University of Southern  California


  T  he dominant  role of the family in structuring the political party
     loyalties of offspring through early political socialization has been
well established in recent years. But, in addition, the influence of a voter's
social-class position on his choice of political party has been well
documented  by empirical evidence, and systematic studies have been made
of the relative strength of social class in determining political behavior in a
number  of nations.
   In view of the findings produced by these two schools of research, the
problem posed for analysts of voting behavior by those electors who shift
from one social class in childhood to another in adult life is an extremely
interesting one. The influences of the early socialization of the child into
the political values of his parents' social class will then be in conflict with
the influences of the different social class into which the offspring has
risen or fallen through occupational mobility.
   The outcome  of the interaction of these two influences for the pattern
of political party choice of the socially mobile is difficult to anticipate,

AUTHOR'S  NOTE:  The data utilized in this study were made available through the
generosity of Dr. Mark Abrams, Director of London's Research Services, Ltd., and
through the Inter-University Consortium for Political Research. Financial support in
aid of this research was provided by grants from the University of Southern


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