Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
Welfare Democracies and Multidimensional Party Competition in Europe
In
Welfare Democracies and Party Politics
Author(s)
POLK Jonathan - Centre for European Research (University of Gothenburg) (Author)
ROVNY Jan - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
MANOW Philip - (Publishing director)
PALIER Bruno - (Publishing director)
SCHWANDER Hanna - (Publishing director)
Editor
Oxford : Oxford University Press
Pages
29 - 60 p.
ISBN
9780198807971
Keywords
party positions, political parties, multidimensional party competition, southern Europe, welfare democracies, niche parties, issue entrepreneurship, radical parties, vote choice, voter dealignment
Abstract
EN
This chapter explains the relationship between the four European worlds of welfare democracies (Nordic, continental, southern, and Anglo-Saxon) and multidimensional party competition. It systematically examines the variation of the relationship between party positions and salience on economic and cultural politics. The expectation is that southern political economies facilitate closer association between economic and cultural issues, whereas Nordic welfare states produce party systems where competition between mainstream parties is defined by economic politics. The continental political economies stand between the two extremes. The argument is tested with the most recent (2014) waves of data from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey and the European Elections Studies. The analysis suggests different political opportunity structures, and consequently different behavior of radical challenger parties of western Europe. Here, the diverse political economies again correlate with the flavors of radicalism.

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