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Party Organizational Development and the Electoral Performance of the Radical Right: Exploring the Role of Local Candidates in the Breakthrough Elections of the Sweden Democrats 2002-2014
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-5729
Mid Sweden University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-5729
2016 (English)In: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, ISSN 1745-7289, E-ISSN 1745-7297, Vol. 26, no 2, 170-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is today commonplace to view radical right parties as masters of their own fates. However, whereas most authors in the field focus on dominant leaders, the impact of party organizations remains understudied. To remedy some of this, we study the impact of three unique measures of organizational development on the electoral performance of the Sweden Democrats (SD) in four consecutive local elections between 2002 and 2014. When controlling for crucial demand- and supply-side factors, while holding the appeal of the national leadership constant, we find that the size, competence, and stability of the local candidate base were all decisive for explaining the success of the SD. These findings suggest that a developed organizational base not only matters to the long-term persistence of radical right parties, but also to their electoral breakthrough. Additionally, we suggest that party organizations are likely to have a greater impact in countries where radical right parties are already established. We conclude by arguing that our findings potentially provide insights into mechanisms that explain how new parties in general establish themselvesĀ 

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2016. Vol. 26, no 2, 170-190 p.
Keyword [en]
radical right, party organization, Sweden, candidates, new party success
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Political Science
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46457DOI: 10.1080/17457289.2016.1145685Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84961214892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46457DiVA: diva2:856506
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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