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Explaining the electoral performance of populist parties: the Netherlands as a case study

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posted on 05.03.2015, 14:48 authored by Stijn van Kessel
This article provides an explanatory framework for the electoral performance of populist parties, using the Netherlands as a case study. The Netherlands is an ideal case, as several populist parties have entered the political scene in recent years with varying levels of electoral success. The most notable cases are the List Pim Fortuyn and Geert Wilders' Freedom Party. Whereas the former party did not sustain, Geert Wilders has, so far, managed to remain an important force in Dutch politics. The article argues that the performance of populist parties is dependent on a combination of causal conditions: the availability of the electorate, the responsiveness of established parties and the supply of credible populist challengers. As will be argued, especially this latter factor is vital to the (long-term) performance of populist parties. Further research should, therefore, not refrain from taking the agency of populist parties themselves into account.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Perspectives on European Politics and Society

Volume

12

Issue

1

Pages

68 - 88

Citation

VAN KESSEL, S., 2011. Explaining the electoral performance of populist parties: the Netherlands as a case study. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 12 (1), pp. 68 - 88.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2011

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Perspectives on European Politics and Society on 04 Apr 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15705854.2011.546148

ISSN

1570-5854

eISSN

1568-0258

Language

en