New Parties in Government by Kris Deschouwer

By Kris Deschouwer

Occasion literature is essentially keen on the increase and good fortune of latest events and their results on occasion platforms and older events. This publication, nonetheless, presents a priceless and unique addition to such literature via reading what occurs to a celebration whilst it enters govt for the 1st time. major individuals investigate how those events, even if outdated or new, switch while getting into govt by way of answering a suite of questions: How and why has their function replaced? What are the results of swap? What explains the evolution from principled competition to dependable competition and finally to participation within the govt? Which features of the events will be held dependable? Which features of the events’ context will be introduced into the image? What were the consequences of the prestige switch on celebration association, occasion ideology and electoral effects? masking a variety of eu events equivalent to the end vegetables, correct wing events (FN, Lega Nord and Alleanza Nazionale) and new events in Italy , The Netherlands and Sweden to call a number of; this ebook might be of specific curiosity to students and scholars fascinated with social gathering structures, political events and comparative politics.

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Unfortunately, such an analytical lens makes us easily forget that, as traditional parties do, new parties might want to govern at some point as well. Particularly after more and more new parties started to move from the ‘representation stage’ to the ‘government stage’ (Pedersen 1982), this lens became increasingly problematic: when assessing ‘incumbency effects’ in terms of vote gains and losses and, simultaneously, understanding new parties as representative channels and not as organizations which have to recruit policy entrepreneurs to occupy public office, the organizational costs public office imposes on new parties are easily overlooked.

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