Fortuyn´s Legacy: Party system change in the Netherlands
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SourceComparative European Politics, 5, 3, (2007), pp. 282-302
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Comparative European Politics
SubjectInequality Cohesion Rationalization; Ongelijkheid Cohesie Rationalisatie
This article argues that the entrance of the Lijst Pim Fortuyn in the Dutch Parliament after the May 2002 elections shows the relevance of the Schattschneider-Mair thesis of party system change. Fortuyn introduced a new line of conflict that restructured party competition in the Netherlands. The introduction of this new line of conflict has transformed the Dutch party system abruptly. The Dutch case differs from many other west European countries in which the rise of a successful radical right-wing populist party has changed the party system gradually.
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