1st Edition

Challenges for Alpine Parties Strategies of Political Parties for Identity and Territory in the Alpine Regions

Edited By Gunther Pallaver, Claudius Wagemann Copyright 2013
    144 Pages
    by Studien Verlag, Austria

    Some political scientists argue that cleavages, especially the class cleavage, no longer represent a significant point of political conflict. This book takes issue with this claim, demonstrating that other cleavages structure party competition. This is nowhere more evident than in the European Alpine region.

    The book focuses on strategies employed by political parties operating in the Alpine region and identifies common themes and patterns of party competition. Moreover, the focus is on how Alpine parties operate on multiple levels--regional, national, and European--and how they have in some cases moved from -protest parties- to parties in power.


    GUnther Pallaver is professor of political science at the University of Innsbruck.

    Claudius Wagemann is professor of qualitative social science methods at the Goethe University Frankfurt. His textbook on qualitative comparative analysis has recently been published.