Party literature is largely focused on the rise and success of new parties and their effects on party systems and older parties. This book, on the other hand, provides a valuable and original addition to such literature by analyzing what happens to a party when it enters government for the first time.
Leading contributors assess how these parties, whether old or new, change when entering government by answering a set of questions:
- How and why has their role changed?
- What are the consequences of change?
- What explains the evolution from principled opposition to loyal opposition and eventually to participation in the executive?
- Which characteristics of the parties can be held responsible?
- Which characteristics of the parties’ context should be brought into the picture?
- What have been the effects of the status change on party organization, party ideology and electoral results?
Covering a wide range of European parties such as the Finish Greens, right wing parties (FN, Lega Nord and Alleanza Nazionale) and new parties in Italy , The Netherlands and Sweden to name a few; this book will be of particular interest to scholars and students concerned with party systems, political parties and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
1. Comparing Newly Governing Parties 2. The Organizational Costs of Public Office 3. Newly Governing Parties in Italy: Comparing the PDSI/DS, Lega Nord and Forza Italia 4. The Short Road to Power - and the Long Way Back: Newly Governing Parties in the Netherlands 5. Close but no Cigar? Newly Governing and Nearly Governing Parties in Sweden and New Zealand 6. Greens in a Rainbow: The Impact of Participation in Government of the Green Parties in Belgium 7. Moving from Movement to Government: The Transformation of the Finnish Greens 8. Independents in Government: A Sui Generis Model? 9. The Electoral Fate of New Parties in Government 10. Populists in Power: Attitudes toward Immigrants after the Austrian Freedom Party Entered Government
Kris Deschouwer is Professor of politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.