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How challenger parties, acting as political entrepreneurs, are changing European democracies

Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe, exemplified by the likes of Podemos in Spain, the National Rally in France, the Alternative for Germany, or the Brexit Party in Great Britain. Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established party brands. In the face of these challenges and a more volatile electorate, mainstream parties are losing their grip on power. In this book, Catherine De Vries and Sara Hobolt explore why some challenger parties are so successful and what mainstream parties can do to confront these political entrepreneurs.

Drawing analogies with how firms compete, De Vries and Hobolt demonstrate that political change is as much about the ability of challenger parties to innovate as it is about the inability of dominant parties to respond. Challenger parties employ two types of innovation to break established party dominance: they mobilize new issues, such as immigration, the environment, and Euroscepticism, and they employ antiestablishment rhetoric to undermine mainstream party appeal. Unencumbered by government experience, challenger parties adapt more quickly to shifting voter tastes and harness voter disenchantment. Delving into strategies of dominance versus innovation, the authors explain why European party systems have remained stable for decades, but also why they are now increasingly under strain.

As challenger parties continue to seek to disrupt the existing order, Political Entrepreneurs shows that their ascendency fundamentally alters government stability and democratic politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Political Change in Europe
  1. 1 The Rise of Challenger Parties
  2. pp. 15-39
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  1. 2 A Theory of Political Change
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. Part II. Dominance
  1. 3 Voter Loyalty
  2. pp. 63-85
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  1. 4 Strategies of Dominance
  2. pp. 86-110
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  1. Part III. Innovation
  1. 5 Issue Entrepreneurship
  2. pp. 113-140
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  1. 6 Antiestablishment Rhetoric
  2. pp. 141-178
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  1. Part IV. Transformation
  1. 7 Changing Voter Appeal
  2. pp. 181-203
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  1. 8 Representation and Government
  2. pp. 204-233
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  1. 9 Future Scenarios
  2. pp. 234-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-308
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691206547
Related ISBN
9780691194752
MARC Record
OCLC
1150796791
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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