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The Rise of Entrepreneurial Parties in European Politics

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 1-8
  3. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 9-28
  4. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 29-91
  5. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 93-117
  6. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 119-137
  7. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 139-172
  8. Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček, Petra Vodová
    Pages 173-185
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 187-215

About this book

Introduction

‘Drawing on examples from across the European continent, the authors chart the rise, fall and occasional endurance of entrepreneurial parties, highlighting their internal structures, sources of finance and pitches to the electorate. This is a pioneering study furnished with fascinating insights and detailed analysis from which scholars and students of political parties will learn a lot.’

–Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham, UK

 

‘This is a pioneering study which brings a comparative typology to bear on an important and under-explored set of parties hitherto mainly researched as individual case studies. It is also especially to be commended for bringing together parties from both Western and Eastern Europe in a single coherent analytical framework, and for unravelling the difficult distinction between parties founded by businesses and businesspeople and a broader set of top-down start-up parties created with a looser “entrepreneurial” rationale. The book will be essential reading for anyone wanting to get to grips with some of the more recent shifts is landscape of party politics in contemporary Europe and their consequences for democratic politics.’

–Seán Hanley, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, UK

 

Political parties run by entrepreneurs as a means to their own end are a recent phenomenon found in many countries, and their electoral influence has never been greater. This book offers a thorough comparative analysis of such parties in Western and East-Central Europe. The book clearly separates these party enterprises from other, more traditional, political platforms as it contributes to our understanding of the potential of entrepreneurial parties. The authors offer a unique typology based on two characteristics: whether the party receives private financial, media or other investment; and the nature of its membership and territorial structure. Famous examples of entrepreneurial parties, alongside their lesser-known counterparts, serve in this book as valuable material for conceptual innovation and the investigation into why certain entrepreneurial party types succeed or fail.

Vít Hloušek is Professor of European Politics at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Lubomír Kopeček is Professor of Political Science at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Petra Vodová is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.

Keywords

European party politics comparative politics entrepreneurial parties political entrepreneurs East-Central Europe Western Europe business and politics party institutionalisation Forza Italia Palikot’s Movement Team Stronach Igor Matovič Geert Wilders Carl I. Hagen Tomio Okamura Dawn of Direct Democracy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Relations and European StudiesMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Hradec KrálovéHradec KrálovéCzech Republic

About the authors

Vít Hloušek is Professor of European Politics at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Lubomír Kopeček is Professor of Political Science at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Petra Vodová is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.

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Reviews

“This is a highly relevant and pioneering study that should intrigue all academics studying European politics. … Richness of the accounts the book offers is its yet another major strength, arising certainly to no small degree from the brave descriptions of all sorts of behind-closed-doors dealings. Indeed, with how well the book documents the party-building process with respect to its success or failure, one could even remark that it would make an excellent read for political entrepreneurs themselves.” (Filip Fila, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, November 11, 2020)