Getting the Balance Right? Party Competition on Immigration and Conflicting Ideological ‘Pulls’

Pontus Odmalm, Betsy Super

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Abstract

Will a plurality of cleavages ‘pull’ parties in different directions? Are these strains particularly troublesome when competing on issues that lack an obvious dimensional fit? Are some parties more likely than others to experience these tensions? And does it matter? While the essence of the party-political space has received substantial coverage, less attention is paid to the effects that multidimensionality may have on issue competition. Comparing British and Swedish parties, this article analyses how any contradictory positions have been negotiated, and when such tensions are likely to emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)301-322
Number of pages21
JournalScandinavian Political Studies
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • mainstream parties
  • Immigration
  • party competition
  • ideology

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