Center-right political parties in advanced democracies

Noam Gidron, Daniel Ziblatt

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Abstract

This review proposes a comparative research agenda on center-right parties in advanced democracies, bringing together research in American and comparative politics. Political scientists have recently closely examined the decline of the center-left and the rise of the radical right but have paid less attention to the weakening of center-right parties. Yet cohesive center-right parties have facilitated political stability and compromises, while their disintegration has empowered radical challengers. After presenting an overview of right-wing politics in Western democracies and weighing different definitions of the electoral right, we discuss two factors that shape variations in center-right cohesion: Organizational robustness of center-right partisan institutions and the (un)bundling of conservative mass attitudes on different policy dimensions. Last, we argue that a full account of the rise of the radical right cannot focus solely on the strategies of the center-left but must incorporate also the choices, opportunities, and constraints of center-right parties.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17-35
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Political Science
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 May 2019

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Keywords

  • center-right
  • conservatism
  • parties
  • party systems
  • radical right

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