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Fleeing the centre: the rise of challenger parties in the aftermath of the euro crisis

Hobolt, Sara B., Tilley, James, (2016), «Fleeing the centre: the rise of challenger parties in the aftermath of the euro crisis», West European Politics, 16 Ιουνίου

This article argues that both sanctioning and selection mechanisms can help to explain this flight from the centre to challenger parties. First, voters who were economically adversely affected by the crisis punish mainstream parties both in government and in opposition by voting for challenger parties. Second, the choice of specific challenger party is shaped by preferences on three issues that directly flow from the euro crisis: EU integration, austerity and immigration. Analysing both aggregate-level and individual-level survey data from all 17 Western EU member states, this article finds strong support for both propositions and shows how the crisis has reshaped the nature of party competition in Europe.

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