The emergence of Green parties throughout Europe during the 1980s marked the arrival of a new form of political movement and a challenge to existing party models. This work presents an in-depth, thematic comparative approach to the analysis of recent Green party development and change, questioning whether the process of party evolution has resulted in the ideological dilution of Green ideals and objectives. With Green parties across Europe experiencing a significant upturn in support in recent years, if we are to gain a clearer picture of the impact Green parties should have in the 21st century we need to understand the issues and themes that have shaped their re-emergence as a more mature political challenge.
'An illuminating study.' Scientific and Medical Network Review A brief, challenging book that should be read widely by travellers - and students of the subject.' Long Range Planning 'It presents an in-depth, thematic and comparative approach to the analysis of recent party development.' Environment Business
Introduction * A 'New' Challenge to Party Politics? Analysing Green Party Development and Change * Placing Green Politics in a 'Party' Environment * Seeking Space and Opportunity: The Emergence of Green Parties in Germany, France, Sweden and the UK * Awkward Partners: Changing Strategies towards Other Parties * Square Pegs in Round Holes: Organizational Reform * Redefining the Environment: Changes in Green Party Policy * Interpreting Transformation within European Green Parties: Evolving or Conforming? * References * Notes * Index