Introduction: Outsider parties in government in Western Europe

McDonnell, D and Newell, JL 2011, 'Introduction: Outsider parties in government in Western Europe' , Party Politics, 17 (4) , pp. 443-452.

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Over the past two decades, a growing number of ‘outsider parties’ have entered governing centre-left and centre-right coalitions across Western Europe. In this introduction, we first define outsider parties as those which — even when their vote-share would have enabled it — have gone through a period of not being ‘coalitionable’, whether of their own volition or that of other parties in the system. Based on the articles in this issue, we then discuss the problems which outsider parties encounter when entering government and suggest some reasons for the success and failure of these parties in office. Finally, we propose a number of avenues for further research, in particular that of examining differences between the first and subsequent experiences of office for such parties.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Party Politics
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1354-0688
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 11:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:31

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