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Up to the challenge? The electoral performance of challenger parties after their first period in power

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posted on 03.06.2016, 12:39 authored by Stijn van Kessel
Across Europe, a substantial amount of parties have appeared which are characterised by a criticism of mainstream ideologies or the political elites more generally. Some of these parties have even succeeded in securing executive power. This paper examines the conditions underlying the electoral survival and demise of a broad range of ‘challenger parties’ after their first term in office. The central puzzle is why some newly governing challenger parties were able to survive reasonably well in the subsequent parliamentary election, while others failed to shield themselves from the electoral hazards of office. The paper presents the results of a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) of 25 newly governing parties across Europe. It shows that survivors did not necessarily leave a great impression in office, but that they were generally characterised by a higher degree of organisational cohesion and rootedness than their less successful counterparts.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Citation

VAN KESSEL, S., 2015. Up to the challenge? The electoral performance of challenger parties after their first period in power. Compass Working Paper 2015-84, 47pp.

Publisher

Compass

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VoR (Version of Record)

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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

2015

Notes

This is a working paper published as part of the Compass series.

Language

en