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dc.contributor.authorHAKHVERDIAN, Armen
dc.contributor.authorKOOP, Christel
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-19T12:47:57Z
dc.date.available2011-04-19T12:47:57Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationActa Politica, 2007, 42, 4, 401-420
dc.identifier.issn0001-6810
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/16495
dc.description.abstractInspired by a previous debate in Acta Politica between Rudy Andeweg and Arend Lijphart on the pros and cons of consensus democracy, this article explores whether support for populist parties is traceable to the institutional framework of West European democracies. 'Populism' is conceptualized in terms of its emphasis on the antagonism between the people and corrupt elites, and its opposition to intermediary structures between the rulers and the ruled. We consider right-wing as well as left-wing populism. Two institutional dimensions - the executives-parties dimension and the federal - unitary dimension - are drawn from Lijphart's work to analyze the association between patterns of democracy and populism. Throughout, consensual systems are hypothesized to display higher support for populist parties than majoritarian systems. We show that the executives-parties dimension, which measures the diffusion of power within political institutions, indeed makes a difference for populist support. Moreover, unlike many similar studies on anti-system parties, this article also explores Lijphart's federal - unitary dimension and consequently finds that federal states are more conducive to populism than unitary states.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
dc.subjectpopulism
dc.subjectconsensus democracy
dc.subjectmajoritarian democracy
dc.subjectfederalism
dc.subjectWest European politics
dc.titleConsensus Democracy and Support for Populist Parties in Western Europe
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/palgrave.ap.5500202
dc.identifier.volume42
dc.identifier.startpage401
dc.identifier.endpage420
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