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Newness as a winning formula for new political Parties

Sikk, A.; (2012) Newness as a winning formula for new political Parties. Party Politics , 18 (4) pp. 465-486. 10.1177/1354068810389631. Green open access

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Previous studies on new political parties have assumed that they either represent new or ignored cleavages or issues, or emerge in order to cleanse an ideology deficiently represented by an existing party. Four highly successful parties analysed in this article manifestly fail to comply with these assumptions. The article proposes a parsimonious two-dimensional typology of new parties refining the one suggested by Lucardie (2000), incorporating a new type of parties based on the project of newness. We show that the four parties analysed fall into the latter category as they fought on the ideological territory of existing parties yet did not attempt to purify an ideology. It is argued that newness has been an appealing project for new and rejuvenating parties everywhere and the experiences from new democracies should be taken seriously also by those working on established democracies.

Title:Newness as a winning formula for new political Parties
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068810389631
Keywords:New parties, typological construction, cleavages, issues, expert survey
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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