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Sondre Båtstrand, "Giving content to new politics: From broad hypothesis to empirical analysis using Norwegian manifesto data on climate change," Party Politics, 20 (November, 2014), 930-939. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue6/ ]

First paragraph:
Since first introduced in the 1970s, the hypothesis of New Politics as a supplement to or replacement for Old Politics (Hildebrandt and Dalton, 1978; Inglehart 1977: 262) has received much attention. Thus far, however, little has been done to link the hypothesis with actual empirical political measures. The emphasis has been on 'a transition from "Old Politics" values of economic growth, security, and traditional lifestyles to "New Politics" values of individual freedoms, social equality, and the quality of life' (Dalton, 2002: 81), often without further specification. Two problems can be identified in the existing literature. First, there has been a marked lack of attention to empirical examples and relevant concepts. Second, the existing studies have paid insufficient attention to the systematic testing of actual political measures. This article aims to clarify the concepts and to present a new approach to the testing of policies on the left-right dimensions of Old Politics and New Politics. The main contribution is theoretical rather than empirical, but in order to test the new approach the proposed climate measures in the 2009 electoral manifestos of four Norwegian parties, representing Old Left (Labour Party), Old Right (Conservative Party), New Left (Socialist Left Party) and New Right (Progress Party) are carried out.

Table 1. Indicators of left and right, new and old.
Figure 1. Old Left climate measures in electoral manifestos
Figure 2. Old Right climate measures in electoral manifestos.
Figure 3. New Left climate measures in electoral manifestos.
Figure 4. New Right measures in electoral manifestos.

Last Paragraph:
(First pragraph of Conclusions) Many of the proposed climate measures in the electoral manifestos are possible to place on the left or right on the dimensions of Old Politics and New Politics, while other measures fall outside the framework. Still, it seems fruitful to develop a framework for categorizing concrete political measures on a New Politics dimension, as well as Old Politics. In addition, the data points to New Politics as a supplement to Old Politics rather than as a replacement, or New Politics being absorbed by Old Politics. Climate measures can be Old Left, Old Right, New Left and New Right, and political scientists need the necessary tools to explore the dimensions empirically.

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