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Party System Change, the European Crisis and the State of Democracy

1st Edition

Edited by Marco Lisi


338 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Party systems are crucial elements for the functioning of political systems and representative democracies. With several European countries experiencing significant changes recently, it is necessary to update our knowledge.

This volume analyses party system changes in Europe in the 21st century by considering several dimensions such as interparty competition, the cleavage structure, electoral volatility and the emergence of new actors. The book describes the principal continuities and changes in party systems in Europe; analyzes the main explanations for these trends; and assesses the impact of the crisis on the patterns observed. By considering a wide range of Western and Eastern European countries, and focusing on the ‘parameters’ of party system change, this book seeks to fill an important gap in the literature through a comparative analysis of the evolution of party systems in Europe over the last decades.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political parties, party systems and politics, electoral behavior as well as more broadly to European politics, comparative politics. political representation and the quality of democracies.

Table of Contents

1. Party System Change and the European Crisis: An Introduction [Marco Lisi]

2. Party System Change in Belgium: From Stability to Fragmentation? [Dandoy Régis and Joly Jeroen]

3. Bulgaria: The Failed Party System Institutionalization [Antony Todorov]

4. Change and Stability in the Danish Party System [Karina Kosiara-Pedersen and Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard]

5. France: From Sarkozy to Macron, The Advent of a New Electoral Order in the Wake of the Economic Crisis [Simon Labouret]

6. Tectonic Shifts in the Party Landscape? Mapping Germany’s Party System Changes [Patricia Daehnhardt]

7. The Swift Unravelling: Party System Change and De-institutionalization in Greece during the Crisis [Emmanouil Tsatsanis]

8. The Hungarian Party System from Soft to Hard Populism [Attila Ágh]

9. The Never-Ending Transformation of the Italian Party System [Elisabetta De Giorgi]

10. The Phoenix of Consensus Democracy: Party System Change in the Netherlands [Simon Otjes]

11. (In)Stability of the Party System in Poland [Katarzyna Walecka]

12. The Times (May) Be A-Changin’? The Portuguese Party System in the 21st Century [Carlos Jalali]

13. The Romanian Party System: Cartelization, Coalition Leverage and Elite Continuity [Sergiu Gherghina]

14. From Stability to Change? The Evolution of the Party System in Spain [Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, Oscar Barberà, Astrid Barrio and Fernando Casal Bértoa]

15. Soul Searching and Political Change in the Name of the Swedish Welfare Model [Frederico Pedroso Rocha]

16. The British Party System(s): Fragmented, Unstable and Very Capricious [Eunice Goes]

17. The Impact of the European Crisis on Party System Change: Some Comparative Reflections [Marco Lisi]

About the Editor

Marco Lisi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

This new series focuses on major issues affecting political parties in a broad sense. Therefore, we welcome any high-quality suggestions for edited, single or co-authored books dealing with political parties and party systems in Europe and beyond (by which we mean we are also open to comparative projects examining regions outside of Europe). In particular, we would like to invite book proposals that aim to improve our present understanding of political parties and party system through the examination of the following issues:

  • the crisis of political parties and the challenges party organizations face in the contemporary world
  • the increasing internal complexity of party organizations in terms of regulation, funding, membership, etc.
  • the more frequent presence of party system change
  • the development of political parties and party systems in under-researched countries

We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Comparative works will be certainly privileged. We also encourage proposals with a strong policy-impact focus.

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Book proposals should be sent to the series editors:

Ingrid van Biezen [email protected]

Fernando Casal Bértoa [email protected]

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