Left Parties In National Governments

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

EditorJonathan Olsen, Michael Koss, Daniel Hough

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This book 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.

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This book 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.

JONATHAN OLSEN is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA. He has published widely on German and European politics and is the author of Nature and Nationalism: Right-Wing Ecology and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Germany (1999) and (with Dan Hough and Michael Koß) The Left Party...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230236502

ISBN - 13:9780230236509

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Table of Contents

From Pariahs To Players? Left Parties In National Government; J.Olsen, D.Hough&M.Koß
The Norwegian Socialist Left Party; Office-Seekers in the Service of Policy?; J.Olsen
The French Extreme Left and its Suspicion of Power; D.Bell
Between a Rock and a Hard Place; The Governing Dilemmas of Rifondazione Comunista; J.Newell
A Poisoned Chalice? Finland's Left Alliance and the Perils of Government; R.Dunphy
The Spanish United Left – The Belated and Troublesome Transition from Policy- to Office-Seeking; T.Verge
Close to, but Still Out of, Government; The Swedish Vänsterpartiet; M.Koß
The Danish Socialist People's Party; Still Waiting After All These Years; D.A.Christensen
From Pariah to Prospective Partner? The German Left Party's Winding Path Towards Government; D.Hough
Ready to Get Their Hands Dirty; The Socialist Party and Groenlinks in the Netherlands; D.Keith
Conclusion. Left Parties in National Governments; J.Olsen, D.Hough&M.Koß


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"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