Party competition and political representation in crisis : an introductory note
Title: Party competition and political representation in crisis : an introductory note
Citation: Party politics, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 3-9
ISSN: 1354-0688; 1460-3683
The aim of the special issue is to investigate through a comparative lens the impact of the recent economic crisis and consequent austerity measures on party competition and political representation in Europe. All six contributions focus on the substance of political conflict and provide new insights about the impact of the crisis on (a) the policy agendas of political parties, (b) the relationship between government and opposition parties, and (c) how citizens’ preferences are represented by political parties. Theoretically, the contributions link the literatures on party competition, responsiveness, agenda-setting, and social movements. Empirically, they provide new empirical material, in particular on the countries in Southern Europe which were hard hit by the crisis. The introduction presents the rationale of the special issue and summarizes the focus and findings of the six contributions.
First Published January 2, 2018
Grant number: FP7/338875/EU
Type of Access: openAccess
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