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Green policy change – How passing significant electoral thresholds affects the nuclear power policy of green parties

Allreke Wählhammar, Rickard LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
During the last decades, green parties have gone from small protest parties with an origin in the new social movements to governmental participants. Existing research has been done on how these changes have affected their internal organization, but none have been done on how it affects their policy. With a starting-point in Mogens N. Pedersen “party lifespan approach” this study aims to answer this by studying how the passing of significant electoral thresholds affect the specific green party policy of nuclear power, a policy area that is of fundamental importance for the greens. The study concludes that governmental participation and not parliamentary representation affects policy. This indicates that the “external stimulus” of being... (More)
During the last decades, green parties have gone from small protest parties with an origin in the new social movements to governmental participants. Existing research has been done on how these changes have affected their internal organization, but none have been done on how it affects their policy. With a starting-point in Mogens N. Pedersen “party lifespan approach” this study aims to answer this by studying how the passing of significant electoral thresholds affect the specific green party policy of nuclear power, a policy area that is of fundamental importance for the greens. The study concludes that governmental participation and not parliamentary representation affects policy. This indicates that the “external stimulus” of being elected into parliament and the organizational adaptations shown to follow does not have an impact on party policy. Instead it’s the need for compromises within a coalition, when a green party is in government, that leads to a change in a more pragmatic direction. Combined with the role of post-material values among its voters, a factor that influence the party policy at inception and decreases as a party gains mainstream acceptance, these two factors explain the differences and changes in nuclear power policy among green parties. (Less)
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Allreke Wählhammar, Rickard LU
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organization
course
STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Green parties, Policy change, Electoral thresholds, Nuclear power, Coalition government
language
English
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8922707
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2018-04-27 10:10:28
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  abstract     = {During the last decades, green parties have gone from small protest parties with an origin in the new social movements to governmental participants. Existing research has been done on how these changes have affected their internal organization, but none have been done on how it affects their policy. With a starting-point in Mogens N. Pedersen “party lifespan approach” this study aims to answer this by studying how the passing of significant electoral thresholds affect the specific green party policy of nuclear power, a policy area that is of fundamental importance for the greens. The study concludes that governmental participation and not parliamentary representation affects policy. This indicates that the “external stimulus” of being elected into parliament and the organizational adaptations shown to follow does not have an impact on party policy. Instead it’s the need for compromises within a coalition, when a green party is in government, that leads to a change in a more pragmatic direction. Combined with the role of post-material values among its voters, a factor that influence the party policy at inception and decreases as a party gains mainstream acceptance, these two factors explain the differences and changes in nuclear power policy among green parties.},
  author       = {Allreke Wählhammar, Rickard},
  keyword      = {Green parties,Policy change,Electoral thresholds,Nuclear power,Coalition government},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Green policy change – How passing significant electoral thresholds affects the nuclear power policy of green parties},
  year         = {2017},
}