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Left Parties in National Governments - Jonathan Olsen

Left Parties in National Governments

By: Jonathan Olsen (Editor), Michael Koss (Editor), Dan Hough (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2010
ISBN: 9780230236509
Number Of Pages: 207

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Analyzes why Left Parties enter national government, what they do when they get there and what effect this has on them. Alongside two comparative chapters, this book features detailed case-studies of European Left Parties in government.

'Political science's neglect of the (radical) Left since the end of the Cold War has been exceptionally short-sighted, ignoring the movement of many formerly marginal parties into the mainstream and increasingly into national government. This volume goes a considerable way towards redressing the balance. It is based on uniformly excellent contributions from a broad range of established and emerging scholars. These focus on the most significant European Left parties, the strategic choices open to them and the results of increasing participation in coalitions in an empirically-rich and theoretically-informed fashion. Overall, this intriguing volume demonstrates that although the Left remains an ideological party family, it is increasingly coalitionable and as pragmatic in its evaluation of governing possibilities as any other party family. The book demonstrates that the Left should be taken seriously, and is a must-read for any Party scholar.' - Luke March, Senior Lecturer in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
List of Contributorsp. xi
From Pariahs to Players? Left Parties in National Governmentsp. 1
The Norwegian Socialist Left Party: Office-seekers in the Service of Policy?p. 16
The French Extreme Left and Its Suspicion of Powerp. 33
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: the Governing Dilemmas of Rifondazione Comunistap. 52
A Poisoned Chalice? Finland's Left Alliance and the Perils of Governmentp. 69
The Spanish United Left - The Belated And Troublesome Transition from Policy - to Office-seekingp. 87
Close to, but Still Out of, Government: The Swedish Vänsterpartietp. 105
The Danish Socialist People's Party: Still Waiting After all These Yearsp. 121
From Pariah to Prospective Partner? The German Left Party's Winding Path towards Governmentp. 138
Ready to Get Their Hands Dirty: The Socialist party and GroenLinks in the Netherlandsp. 155
Conclusion: Left Parties in National Governmentsp. 173
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780230236509
ISBN-10: 0230236502
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 16th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1