Party Strategies in Western Europe: Party Competition and Electoral Outcomes

1st Edition

Gemma Loomes

Routledge
Published November 6, 2015
Reference - 272 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138802391 - CAT# Y170097
Series: Routledge Advances in European Politics

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Summary

This book examines political party system change from a party-centric perspective and assesses how, and to what extent, established political parties in western Europe can maintain their dominant positions.

Parties are increasingly competing in a changeable environment and this book assesses the ways in which political parties have tried to adapt to these changes, by undertaking a study of the strategies employed by established parties since 1950. It features analysis of seventeen western European countries, with eight case-studies explored in greater depth, including; France, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The book assesses two groups of ‘strategies’: institutional strategies, by which parties aim for success through control of rules, regulations and laws; and strategies oriented towards the electorate, through which parties seek success by proving themselves responsive to voters. Offering a detailed empirical assessment of the frequency with which these strategies have been employed, this book assesses the impact on established political parties, and argues that parties can shape their own fate by strategic choices.

Party Strategies in Western Europe will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, Government and party politics.

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