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The Reshaping of West European Party Politics: Agenda-Setting and Party Competition in Comparative Perspective

Christoffer Green-Pedersen


Long gone are the times when class-based political parties with extensive membership dominated politics. Instead, party politics has become issue-based. Surprisingly few studies have focused on how the issue content of West European party politics has developed over the past decades. Empirically, this books studies party politics in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK from 1980 and onwards. The book highlights the more complex party system agenda with the decline, but not disappearance, of macroeconomic issues as well as the rise in ‘new politics’ issues toge ... More

Keywords: party competition, agenda-setting, policy issues, mainstream parties, Western Europe, niche parties, coalitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842897
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoffer Green-Pedersen, author
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University