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Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe

Catherine E. De Vries and Sara B. Hobolt


Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe, exemplified by the likes of Podemos in Spain, the National Rally in France, the Alternative for Germany, or the Brexit Party in Great Britain. Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established party brands. In the face of these challenges and a more volatile electorate, mainstream parties are losing their grip on power. This book explores why some challenger parties are so successful and what mainstream parties can do to confront these political entrepreneurs. Drawing analogies with how firms comp ... More

Keywords: European democracies, challenger political parties, party dominance, immigration, Euroscepticism, antiestablishment rhetoric, voter disenchantment, European party systems, government stability, democratic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691194752
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691194752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine E. De Vries, author
Bocconi University

Sara B. Hobolt, author
London School of Economics

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