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Without a tinge of red: the fall and rise of Estonian Greens

Sikk, A.; Andersen, R.H.; (2009) Without a tinge of red: the fall and rise of Estonian Greens. Journal of Baltic Studies , 40 (3) pp. 349-373. 10.1080/01629770903118740. Green open access


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We analyse the development of Green politics in Estonia from the Phosphate War of the late 1980s, through the virtual disappearance of the ecological dimension from the political scene, to the re-establishment of the Green Party in 2006. We put the ebb and flow of ecological politics into context and using macro- and micro-level data draw up a profile of the party’s electoral base. It is easier to establish what the Green Party is not than to describe exactly what it is. It is clearly not similar to the Green parties of Western Europe. The contexts in which the parties have developed has influenced their nature. The Estonian Green party differentiates itself from its namesakes in the West with regard to its political goals, placement on the Left-Right continuum and the characteristics of its voters. We contend that rather than belonging to the realm of post-modernism, the Estonian Green Party may better be described as ultra-modernist.

Type: Article
Title: Without a tinge of red: the fall and rise of Estonian Greens
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01629770903118740
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01629770903118740
Language: English
Additional information: Abstract provided by author. An earlier version of the article was presented at the BASEES Conference, 29-31 March 2008, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK). This is an electronic version of an article published Journal of Baltic Studies, 40 (3). pp. 349-373. Journal of Baltic Studies is available online at informaworldTM, doi:10.1080/01629770903118740
Keywords: Green Party, Estonia, political parties, environmental politics, post-materialism, left and right
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18585
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