The Centre for the Study of Democratic citizenship, in collaboration with the Centre Jean Monnet at Université de Montréal, presents a webinar by:
Prof Sara Hobolt (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Political Entrepreneurs. The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe
Where and When: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11am. The event will be held on Zoom.
About: Sara Hobolt (LSE) will be talking about her most recent book, Political Entrepreneurs (co-authored with Catherine De Vries) on Political Entrepreneurs (PUP, 2020). Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe, exemplified by the likes of Forum for Democracy in the Netherlands, the National Rally in France, or the Alternative for Germany. Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established party brands. In the face of these challenges and a more volatile electorate, mainstream parties are losing their grip on power. In this talk, Sara Hobolt explores why some challenger parties are so successful and what mainstream parties can do to confront these political entrepreneurs.
Drawing analogies with how firms compete, Sara Hobolt will demonstrate that political change is as much about the ability of challenger parties to innovate as it is about the inability of dominant parties to respond. Challenger parties employ two types of innovation to break established party dominance: they mobilize new issues, such as immigration, the environment, and Euroscepticism, and they employ anti-establishment rhetoric to undermine mainstream party appeal. Unencumbered by government experience, challenger parties adapt more quickly to shifting voter tastes and harness voter disenchantment. Delving into strategies of dominance versus innovation, Sara Hobolt will seek to explain why European party systems have remained stable for decades, but also why they are now increasingly under strain.
All are welcome!
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