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    Changes of European Party Democracies

    Higher seminar in Political Science co-hosted with CBEES. Uwe Jun presents his paper "Changes of European Party Democracies". Discussants: Olena Podolian and Ann-Cathrine Jungar

    Changes of European Party Democracies

    This paper addresses the transformation and the sustainability of European party democracies, both at the level of party organisation as well as party systems and competition. The interconnection of changing party competition, partisan ability to act as well as the sustainability of the (European) democracy are exemplary illustrated by the financial and budgetary crises as well as the crisis of the European Union due to the refugee crisis. Highly dynamic European integration and globalisation processes as well as the latest European crises have strongly expedited (comparative) research on party systems and party competition. The analyses should reveal changes in party systems and party competition, outline their prospective effects and their consequences for the functioning of party democracies. For example, the paper ties up with research discussing conditions and processes that contribute to the emergence of new parties and their survival (or failure). In this virulent debate, aspects of research on party organisation and party systems are related to one another. This includes recently discussed representation gaps that are used electorally by new parties (supply side). Thus, essential conclusions for the sustainability of party democracies can be drawn. In this context, one could think about the decoupling of parts of the electorate, for instance by economic criteria, and subsequent impacts on parties, party competition, and party democracies. Besides, I try to follow up on the debate about to what extent the established patterns of competition dimensions (socio-economic or socio-cultural) still have explanatory power. The formation of a government is likewise important for the viability of party democracies, therefore, dominant tendencies of fragmentation lead to unprecedented forms of coalitions. Processes of polarisation as well as the increased rise of populist parties might be relevant in this case

    Tid och plats

    När: onsdag 23 maj kl. 13:00-14:30

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: MA 796, On floor 7, MA building, Södertörn University

    Arrangeras av: Political Science at the School of Social Sciences together with Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska