Competition Between Unequals: The Role of Mainstream Party Strategy in Niche Party Success

  title={Competition Between Unequals: The Role of Mainstream Party Strategy in Niche Party Success},
  author={Bonnie M. Meguid},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={347 - 359}
What accounts for variation in the electoral success of niche parties? Although institutional and sociological explanations of single-issue party strength have been dominant, they tend to remove parties from the analysis. In this article, I argue that the behavior of mainstream parties influences the electoral fortunes of the new, niche party actors. In contrast to standard spatial theories, my theory recognizes that party tactics work by altering the salience and ownership of issues for… Expand
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