Imitating the newcomer: How, when and why established political parties imitate the policy positions and issue attention of new political parties in the electoral and parliamentary arena: the case of the Netherlands

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This thesis studies, how, when and why established political parties imitate new political parties. It examines new party effects on both the policy positions of established parties and the attention established political parties spend on issues. It examines this effect in both the electoral and parliamentary arena. This study focuses on a single country, the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Leiden University
  • Andeweg, Rudy, Supervisor, External person
  • Pellikaan, Huub, Co-supervisor, External person
  • van Holsteyn, J., Assessment committee, External person
  • Koole, R.A., Assessment committee, External person
  • Lucardie, Anthonie, Assessment committee
  • Harmel, R., Assessment committee, External person
Award date31-Oct-2012
Place of Publication[Leiden]
Print ISBNs978-94-6203285-9
Publication statusPublished - 31-Oct-2012
Externally publishedYes


  • political parties
  • new political parties
  • electoral arena
  • parliamentary arena
  • Dutch politics

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