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Regionalist Parties in Western Europe

Dimensions of Success, 1st Edition

Edited by OSCAR MAZZOLENI, Sean Mueller


196 pages

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Regionalist parties matter. Over the past 40 years, they have played an ever-larger role in West European democracies. Because of their relevance and temporal persistence, their achievements have increasingly become visible not only in electoral arena, but also as regards holding office and policy-making. Enhancing our understanding of these different dimensions of success, this book analyses various types of regionalist party success. Beyond conventional perspectives, the focus of this book is also on how the dimensions of success are related to each other, and in particular to what extent electoral and office success – jointly or alternatively – contribute to policy success. Adopting a common theoretical framework and combining the in-depth knowledge of country experts, each chapter explores the evolution and impact of regionalist parties in regional or federal states, that is the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland. This allows for a comprehensive and comparative analysis of one of the main political challenges within West-European democracies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Explaining the policy success of regionalist parties in Western Europe

Oscar Mazzoleni & Sean Mueller

Chapter 2: The Scottish National Party: Nationalism for the Many

Lynn Bennie

Chapter 3: The Christlich-Soziale Union: More Than Only One Double Role

Claudius Wagemann

Chapter 4: Moderate Regionalist Parties in Spain: Convergència i Unió and Partido Nacionalista Vasco

Oscar Barberà & Astrid Barrio

Chapter 5: Regionalist Parties in Belgium (N-VA, FDF): A Renewed Success?

Emilie van Haute

Chapter 6: The Südtiroler Volkspartei: Success through conflict, failure through consensus

Günther Pallaver

Chapter 7: The Northern League

Roberto Biorcio

Chapter 8: A Regionalist League in Southern Switzerland

Oscar Mazzoleni


Chapter 9: Conclusion

Oscar Mazzoleni, Sean Mueller and Emilie van Haute

About the Editors

Dr. Oscar Mazzoleni is professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Director of the Research Observatory for Regional Politics.

Dr. Sean Mueller is Lecturer at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and editorial assistant of the Swiss Political Science Review.

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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