Are Niche Parties Fundamentally Different from Mainstream Parties ? The Causes and the Electoral Consequences of Western European Parties ’ Policy Shifts , 1976 – 1998

@inproceedings{Adams2006AreNP,
  title={Are Niche Parties Fundamentally Different from Mainstream Parties ? The Causes and the Electoral Consequences of Western European Parties ’ Policy Shifts , 1976 – 1998},
  author={James Adams and Michael Clark},
  year={2006}
}
Do “niche” parties—such as Communist, Green, and extreme nationalist parties—adjust their policies in response to shifts in public opinion? Would such policy responsiveness enhance these parties’ electoral support? We report the results of statistical analyses of the relationship between parties’ policy positions, voters’ policy preferences, and election outcomes in eight Western European democracies from 1976 to 1998 that suggest that the answer to both questions is no. Specifically, we find… CONTINUE READING
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