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Green Parties in Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Emilie van Haute


338 pages

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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.


’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

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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Party Families in Europe

Party Families in Europe
The concept of party families is central to comparative party politics. Looking systematically at individual party families, their origins, development, ideology, policy positions, organizational structure, and/or sociological composition, this series investigates the nature of families of political parties. Themes are systematically developed through case studies and comparative chapters to consider key issues around: ¢Electoral performance and composition: the electoral fate of each party family, differences among national, sub-national and European elections, common patterns in the electoral development and the composition of the electorate of each party family. ¢Participation to power: how the relationship to power has evolved for each party family. How their origins affect their capacity to enter government. What type of governmental coalitions or alliances they favour and which policies they develop once in power. ¢Ideology and policy positions: how the ideological positioning of each party family evolved. How electoral performances, participation to power, or leadership change contribute or not to major programmatic evolutions. ¢Party organization: how the intra-party organizational feature of each party family has evolved. Are these features homogeneous within each family? Is each family unique in their organizational choices? Aimed at scholars and students of comparative politics, with a specific appeal for those interested in political parties and party systems, representation and elections, voting behaviour and public opinion the comparative nature of titles in the series will appeal to readers throughout the world. Bringing together expert authors, editors and contributors it renews and expands our knowledge of political parties and party families in Europe.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European