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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Populists and Public Office

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Workshop Director
Daniele Albertazzi
University of Birmingham
Workshop Co-Director
Duncan Mcdonnell
TORINO, Università degli Studi di

In recent years, populist parties across Europe have achieved their best ever results, taking up or consolidating positions in regional and national parliaments in some countries and entering governments at all levels in others. This increasing presence of populists in elected assemblies/parliaments and in government (at subnational and national levels) raises a number of questions which the workshop will seek to tackle. These can be broadly grouped as follows:

- Policies: Do populist parties modify their policies once in parliament/government and, if so, how? How are these changes/discrepancies communicated?

- Relationships with other parties: How do interactions with other parties change when in parliament/government? How do populists justify the decision to enter government? How do coalition partners justify the decision to invite populists into government? How and why is the decision taken to remove a cordon sanitaire?

- Communication: How do populists communicate with their supporters, membership and the public while in parliament and government?

- Electoral support: What are the reactions in terms of electoral outcomes after populists have entered government?

- Party organization: How do party organizations change to meet the challenges of parliamentary and government participation?

- Effects: What does the rise of populist parties and their entry into government mean for European party systems and liberal democracy?

We welcome papers that discuss these issues, both from theoretical and empirical perspectives. We particularly hope to attract comparative papers examining populists not only across time and space within Europe, but also at different levels of government and varying stages of party development.

Paper List

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A party life course approach to the comparative analysis of the Danish People's Party, the Northern League and the Austrian Freedom Party View Paper Details
After Jörg Haider’s Death: The Role of Personal Charisma in Austrian and European Radical Right-Wing Populism View Paper Details
Between Structure and Agency: Explaining the success and the failure of populist parties in government View Paper Details
Down South, up North: party strategy and performances of the Extreme Right in municipal office in France View Paper Details
Dutch Populists in Parliament and Public Office View Paper Details
Fringe and mainstream populism(s) and the transformation of party systems View Paper Details
Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales: The On-going Transition of a Regionalist Populist Party from Party of Opposition to Party of Government View Paper Details
Populism as Logic: The Case of Ukraine View Paper Details
Populism in Central Europe View Paper Details
Populism: The Polish Case View Paper Details
Populist Party Adaptation in Latin America View Paper Details
Presidential populism at work: Government and Parliament under Berlusconi View Paper Details
So do they empower the people? Populism, electoral reform and direct democracy in Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands View Paper Details
Success and Failure -- Contrasting Examples of Austrian Populists in Office View Paper Details
The BNP in local government. Just how different are they? View Paper Details
The Effects of Populist Rhetoric View Paper Details
The Fortuyn Effect Revisited: How the entry of the List Pim Fortuyn affected the Dutch party system View Paper Details
The Swiss People's Party between opposition and government View Paper Details
Two's company? The PDL and the Lega Nord in Government in Italy View Paper Details
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