Wahlverhalten und Parteienwettbewerb in regionalisierten Staaten

Hough, Daniel and Jeffery, Charlie (2004) Wahlverhalten und Parteienwettbewerb in regionalisierten Staaten. In: Chardon, M (ed.) Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2004: Föderalismus, Subsidiarität und Regionen in Europa. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 49-66. ISBN 978-3-8329-0774-7

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This chapter assesses the significance of regional parties in the party systems of contemporary Europe. We elaborate on two analytical approaches that purport to explain the existence of regional parties. Firstly, we assess the importance of societal cleavages and particularly the centre-periphery cleavage in shaping national party systems. We build on 'top down' approaches developed by political sociologists through the 1960s and 1970s to highlight the considerable barriers that have faced regional parties in their attempt to 'muscle into' national politics. Secondly, we assess the challenges that European party systems have faced in recent years and the increased opportunities that this has offered regional actors. Political parties have found it increasingly difficult to integrate dealigned electorates and the opportunities for smaller (regional, issue, right-wing, Green) parties to stabilise themselves in national party systems have subsequently increased.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:38
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 10:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21575
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