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Populism and New Patterns of Political Competition in Western Europe

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December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book analyses how party competition has adjusted to the success of populism in Western Europe, whether this is non-populists dealing with their populist competitors, or populists interacting with each other.

The volume focuses on Western Europe in the period 2007–2018 and considers both right-wing and left-wing populist parties. It critically assesses the concept and rise of populism, and includes case studies on Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, Greece, and Italy. The authors apply an original typology of party strategic responses to political competitors, which allows them to map interactions between populist and non-populist parties in different countries. They also assess the links between ideology and policy, the goals of different populist parties, and how achieving power affects these parties. The volume provides important lessons for the study of political competition, particularly in the aftermath of a crisis and, as such, its framework can inform future research in the post-Covid-19 era.

This wide-ranging study will appeal to students and scholars of political science interested in populism and political competition; and will appeal to policy makers and politicians from across the political spectrum.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Daniele Albertazzi, Donatella Bonansinga and Davide Vampa

Part I

2. Populism and Democracy in Europe

Davide Vittori and Leonardo Morlino

3. The Strategies of Party Competition: A Typology

Daniele Albertazzi, Donatella Bonansinga and Davide Vampa

Part II

4. Austria

Reinhard Heinisch, Fabian Habersack and Franz Fallend

5. France

James Shields

6. Germany

Hartwig Pautz

7. The Netherlands

Tjitske Akkerman

8. Switzerland

Laurent Bernhard, Cecilia Biancalana, and Oscar Mazzoleni

9. Denmark

Susi Meret

10. Finland

Ann-Cathrine Jungar

11. The United Kingdom

Davide Vampa

12. Greece

Emmanouil Tsatsanis

13. Italy

Caterina Froio

14. Conclusion

Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Vampa

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Daniele Albertazzi is Reader in Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLSIS) of the University of Birmingham, UK, and leads the project: "The Survival of the Mass Party: Evaluating Activism and Participation Among Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe" funded by the ESRC (ES/R011540/1).

Davide Vampa is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, UK.


"Contemporary populist parties present a unique challenge to liberal democracies. They have increasingly exerted pressure on the established parties, forcing them to react in various ways. With its innovative analytical approach and wealth of empirical evidence, this is the best book to date to unravel the mutual interactions between the populist challengers, the political establishment, and each other." — Hans-Georg Betz, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

"In this book Albertazzi and Vampa and their contributors have provided an important new contribution to the study of populism and contemporary party politics. The book deals with populism in the round, by addressing populism in all its forms and by looking at its effects on politics and party systems in Western Europe. Through concepts, cases studies and comparative contributions, this book will shape the study of populism in Western Europe." — Paul Taggart, Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, UK

"This comprehensive account of the impact of populism on party systems in Western Europe offers a nuanced and fine-grained analysis of the strategies that non-populist parties employ vis-à-vis their populist competitors. It demonstrates that non-populist parties draw upon a far greater range of tactics to counter the rise of populist parties than hitherto assumed, thus showing that diversity continues to characterise European party politics. Rich in theory and empirics, it is a worthwhile addition to the book collection of populism scholars." — Sarah de Lange, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands