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European Party Politics in Times of Crisis

European Party Politics in Times of Crisis


Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Theresa Gessler, Guillem Vidal, Irene Sánchez-Vítores, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Johannes Karremans, Giorgio Malet, Davide Morisi, Frederico Ferreira da Silva, Mariana S. Mende, Anna Kyriazi, Paulina Salek, Agnieszka Sztajde, Endre Borbáth, Edgars Eihmanis, Jasmine Lorenzini, Mathilde van Ditmars, Björn Bremer, Julia Schulte-Cloos
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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483797

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  • This comprehensive study of party competition in Europe since 2008 aids understanding of the recent, often dramatic, changes taking place in European politics. It addresses how the multiple crises that Europe faces have affected the intensity and structure of party competition, and whether we are seeing a wave of 'critical elections' which will reshape European politics for years to come. The geographical scope of the book covers fifteen European countries, including cases from North-Western Europe (Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland), Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain), and Central-Eastern Europe (Hungary, Latvia, Poland, and Romania). Using original data from a large-scale content analysis of mass media, and the debates among parties in election campaigns, this book provides clear graphical presentations of the results, appealing to a wide readership of students, scholars, journalists, practitioners, and the politically interested public.

    • Presents an assessment of the consequences of Europe's multiple crises and their effects on party competition
    • Provides systematic comparisons of fifteen European countries, divided into macro-regions (Northwest, South, and Central-East)
    • Based on a large-scale and original dataset
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    'This is a comprehensive analysis of how the Great Recession has shaped the politics of Europe. Employing original data for fifteen countries, the authors provide an invaluable guide to the structure of democratic competition and the rise of a cultural cleavage over the past decade. The result is an compelling analysis that is required reading for students of Europe and democratic politics more generally.' Gary Marks, Burton Craige Professor of Political Science and Robert Schuman Fellow, European University Institute

    'Drawing on new and extensive datasets, Hutter and Kriesi's volume highlights how the Great Recession impacted on the structure of political conflict, often serving as a catalyst of party system change, but that the impact varied (sometimes significantly) across the continent. European Party Politics in Times of Crises is a landmark publication that deserves to be on the bookshelves of all scholars of party politics.' Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham

    'This impressive volume investigates the impact of the financial crisis on the electoral and protest arenas of European countries. It stands out from similar attempts by combining meticulous analysis of media data with exceptional sensitivity to the timing of the economic crisis in relation to political developments, the strategies of political actors and the specific issues that dominated and polarised the public debates. The book documents the continuity and transformation of the political space in Europe and the increasingly divergent regional patterns. It is a must-read for anyone interested in how European parties and ordinary citizens reacted to the crisis, and how the competition between cultural, economic and political understandings of the challenges led to a new socio-political configuration on the continent.' Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483797
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Framework and Context:
    1. Crises and the transformation of the national political space in Europe Hanspeter Kriesi and Swen Hutter
    2. Economic and political crises: the context of critical elections Hanspeter Kriesi and Swen Hutter
    3. The media content analysis and cross-validation Swen Hutter and Theresa Gessler
    Part II. Country Studies:
    4. Spain – out with the old: the restructuring of Spanish politics Guillem Vidal and Irene Sánchez-Vítores
    5. Greece – punctuated equilibrium: the restructuring of Greek politics Argyrios Altiparmakis
    6. Italy – the end of bipolarism: restructuration in an unstable party system Johannes Karremans, Giorgio Malet and Davide Morisi
    7. Portugal – a tale of apparent stability and surreptitious transformation Frederico Ferreira da Silva and Mariana S. Mendes
    8. Hungary – a Hungarian crisis or just a crisis in Hungary? Theresa Gessler and Anna Kyriazi
    9. Poland – 'modern' versus 'normal': the increasing importance of the cultural divide Paulina Salek and Agnieszka Sztajdel
    10. Romania – polity contestation and the resilience of mainstream parties Endre Borbáth
    11. Latvia – an ever-wider gap: the ethnic divide in Latvian party politics Edgars Eihmanis
    12. Austria, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland: old and new winning formulas of the populist radical right Jasmine Lorenzini and Mathilde van Ditmars
    13. Restructuring British and German party politics in times of crisis Björn Bremer and Julia Schulte-Cloos
    14. Ireland – limited restructuration in the poster child of austerity Swen Hutter and Giorgio Malet
    Part III. Conclusions:
    15. Diverging Europe: the political consequences of the crises in a comparative perspective Swen Hutter, Argyrios Altiparmakis and Guillem Vidal
    16. Conclusion: a critical juncture for the structuration of party systems? Hanspeter Kriesi.

  • Editors

    Swen Hutter, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
    Swen Hutter is Lichtenberg-Professor in Political Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin, and Vice Director of the Center for Civil Society Research, a joint initiative of Freie Universität and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Hutter is the author of Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe (2014) and co-editor of Politicising Europe (Cambridge, 2016).

    Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Florence
    Hanspeter Kriesi holds the Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence. He was the director of a Swiss national research programme on 'Challenges to democracy in the 21st century' from 2005–12. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the ERC project 'Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession'.


    Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Theresa Gessler, Guillem Vidal, Irene Sánchez-Vítores, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Johannes Karremans, Giorgio Malet, Davide Morisi, Frederico Ferreira da Silva, Mariana S. Mende, Anna Kyriazi, Paulina Salek, Agnieszka Sztajde, Endre Borbáth, Edgars Eihmanis, Jasmine Lorenzini, Mathilde van Ditmars, Björn Bremer, Julia Schulte-Cloos

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