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1st Edition

Green Parties in Europe

Edited By

Emilie van Haute

ISBN 9781472434432
Published May 11, 2016 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

The emergence of green parties throughout Europe during the 1980s marked the arrival of a new form of political movement, challenging established models of party politics and putting new issues on the political agenda. Since their emergence, green parties in Europe have faced different destinies; in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, and Italy, they have accumulated electoral successes, participated in governments, implemented policies and established themselves as part of the party system. In other countries, their political relevance remains very limited. After more than 30 years on the political scene, green parties have proven to be more than just a temporary phenomenon. They have lost their newness, faced success and failure, power and opposition, grassroots enthusiasm and internal conflicts. Green Parties in Europe includes individual case studies and a comparative perspective to bring together international specialists engaged in the study of green parties. It renews and expands our knowledge about the green party family in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction Emilie van Haute.


Part I Case Studies


The Greens in Austria and Switzerland: two successful opposition parties Martin Dolezal

The Greens in Belgium’s federal landscape: divergent fates Marie-Catherine Wavreille and Jean-Benoit Pilet

Central and Eastern European Green parties: rise, fall and revival? E. Gene Frankland

From The Greens to European Ecology - The Greens: renaissance or more of the same? Bruno Villalba

The Green Party in Germany Sebastian Bukow

GroenLinks Gerrit Voerman and Paul Lucardie

Green parties in Finland and Sweden. Successful cases of the north? Niklas Bolin

Green parties in the south of Europe (Italy/Spain/Portugal/Greece) Roberto Biorcio

Greens in the United Kingdom and Ireland: weak but persistent Lynn Bennie

The Greens in the European parliament: evolution and cohesion Nathalie Brack and Camille Kelbel


Part II Comparative Perspective on Green Parties in Europe


Green parties and elections Caroline Close and Pascal Delwit

Green parties in government Conor Little

Green party ideology today: divergences and continuities in Germany, France and Britain Gareth Price-Thomas

 Green party organisations: the difficult path from amateur-activist to professional-electoral logics Benoît Rihoux

 Conclusion: Green parties in Europe: which family ties? Emilie van Haute

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Emilie van Haute is Lecturer at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a member of the Centre d'étude de la vie politique (Cevipol). Her main research interests include party membership, intra-party dynamics, participation, elections, and voting behaviour.


’Rich case studies and broad comparative analyses trace and explain the evolution and practices of Europe's Green parties as members of a common political family shaped by distinctive national contexts. This volume stands as a major contribution to the study of Green parties and their place in contemporary European democratic politics.’ R.K. Carty, The University of British Columbia, Canada ’Party research from the 1980s on has shown clearly that the greens are truly a new party family. Subsequent research zoomed in on particular cases and on particular aspects of the green parties, providing sharp but partial pictures of some of the family members. This book therefore truly fills a gap. It is a long overdue new family picture of the green political parties.’ Kris Deschouwer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium