New PDF release: Altering Party Systems: Strategic Behavior and the Emergence

By Simon Hug

ISBN-10: 0472111841

ISBN-13: 9780472111848

New political events have usually seemed in built democracies world wide. In a few international locations matters targeting the surroundings, immigration, fiscal decline, and neighborhood issues were dropped at the vanguard through new political events. In different nations those concerns were addressed by means of confirmed events, and new issue-driven events have didn't shape. most modern learn is not able to provide an explanation for why below sure conditions new matters or overlooked previous ones result in the formation of latest events. according to a unique theoretical framework, this examine demonstrates the the most important interaction among proven events and attainable rookies to provide an explanation for the emergence of recent political parties.
Deriving solid hypotheses from an easy theoretical version, the ebook proceeds to a learn of get together formation in twenty-two built democracies. New or overlooked matters nonetheless look as a driver in explaining the emergence of recent events, yet their impression is partly mediated by means of institutional elements, reminiscent of entry to the poll, public aid for events, and the electoral procedure. The hypotheses partly help current theoretical paintings, yet partly current new insights. The theoretical version additionally pinpoints difficulties of study layout which are not often addressed within the comparative literature on new political events. those insights from the theoretical version result in empirical exams that enhance on these hired within the literature and make allowance for a much-enhanced figuring out of the formation and the good fortune of recent parties.
Simon Hug is Lecturer in Political technology, college of Geneva.

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Some of the most serious economic problems started to fade away in 1924. Inflation came down quite considerably, and the political elites felt confident about the stability of the new Republic (Broszat 1984, 79ft). By late 1924 the support for the volkisch right fell to around 3 percent (Kershaw 1999,258). Consequently, the Weimar parties felt little compelled to deal with the Bavarian nuisance. This lack of reaction also finds its cause in a considerable underestimation of the Nazi movement. Even later, the established parties exaggerated their proper strength, and minimized the danger of the emerging new party.

He argues that this success is mostly due to the special relationship Labour had with the trade unions. Crewe and King (1995, 3-26) discuss this and other explanations of the leftward drift of Labour. Left unanswered, however, is why these dissidents did not join an already existing party at the center, namely the Liberals. Jenkins (1991, 514) thought that simply joining the Liberals would not have the same effect on the political system that the creation of a new party would have. Such an endeavor appeared much more useful for the media and, consequently, was more powerful.

18 Numerous books (for example Franz-Willing 1962; Horn 1972; Orlow 1973; Maser 1981; Fischer 1995) discuss in detail the first years of what was to become the most successful, as well as the most fearsome, new party. My aim is not to summarize these historical works, but to set the emergence in a particular framework. First, I will show how the national-socialistic movement devel17. Maser ( 1967, 7) also notes this less studied aspect of the Nazi period. A very detailed bibliography on this period figures in Stachura (1983).

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