Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, Catherine E. De Vries and Sara B. Hobolt
What explains the change and stability we have seen recently across European party systems? In Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, Catherine E. De Vries and Sara B. Hobolt offer a theory that explains both the resilience of dominant parties and the success of challenger parties. They define dominant parties as those that have been in the national government; challenger parties, in contrast, are those that have never held national office. Once a challenger party is part of the national government, it ceases to be a challenger party. To explore the dynamic relationship between dominant and challenger parties, De Vries and Hobolt use both rich case studies and cross-national statistical analyses.
Their theory comprises four key elements: (1) the political market is an oligopoly with imperfect competition as rules favor dominant parties and voters are more attached to these parties; (2) there is, however, a weakening of this oligopoly that benefits challenger parties as voters become more critical of, and less loyal to, dominant parties; (3) challenger parties act as political entrepreneurs by mobilizing voters around issues that can drive a wedge between the coalitions of dominant parties, namely, European integration, immigration, and the environment and using antiesta
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