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The restructuring of the western european party space in the crisis: a comparative study of Austria, France, and Germany

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Hutter, Swen
Published in Iglesias Rodriguez P., Triandafyllidou A. & Gropas R. The financial crisis and paradigm shift. Legal, economic and political perspectives. London: Palgrave. 2016, p. 269-302
Abstract In this chapter, we analysed potential transformations of the structure of party competition in France, Germany, and Austria. We inquired whether the euro crisis critically transformed political conflict at the party systemic level. More specifically, we were interested in exploring whether electoral campaigns shifted their focus in terms of either attention (measured through salience) or conflict (measured through polarisation) on economic issues or on new cultural issues, and whether recent campaigns saw major restructuration of the political space. We conclude that, at the systemic level, there have hardly occurred any exceptional changes which would warrant speaking of a paradigm shift in the structure of party competition. Rather, the crisis seems to have reinforced trends already observed before its onset, namely the emergence and growing importance of a second, cultural, dimension of the political conflict, driven by parties of the populist radical right.
Keywords Party competitionGreat RecessionEconomic issues
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ISBN: 978-1-137-50954-3
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LORENZINI, Jasmine, HUTTER, Swen, KRIESI, Hanspeter. The restructuring of the western european party space in the crisis: a comparative study of Austria, France, and Germany. In: Iglesias Rodriguez P., Triandafyllidou A. & Gropas R. (Ed.). The financial crisis and paradigm shift. Legal, economic and political perspectives. London : Palgrave, 2016. p. 269-302. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:101423

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