Title
Policy agendas, and births and deaths of political parties Policy agendas, and births and deaths of political parties
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
Party politics. - London
Volume/pages
19(2013) :3 , p. 381-407
ISSN
1354-0688
ISI
000327195900001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The standard model of political party density emphasizing the interaction of social cleavages and districtmagnitude (M) is incomplete in accounting for number of parties in cases of high values ofMin an arbitrary way.We explore an alternative model for such cases emphasizing the slack in the issue agenda available to parties with which to construct viable identities or niches they can employ tomobilize cognitively-limited voters. Themodel is testedwith time series data and event history analysis on the sizes of the public policy agenda and the political party system in the Netherlands, an extreme case of large district magnitude given its single national district. Change in the slack of the issue agenda influences the births and deaths of political parties, a result thatmay also have implications for cases of lower districtmagnitude.
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