The Emergence of Pensioners’ Parties in Contemporary Europe

  • Seán HanleyEmail author
Conference paper


Party politics in contemporary Europe often exhibit marked generational biases. Older voters are both more likely to turn out to vote to support political parties at elections and also to be members of political parties (Goerres 2009). Conversely, younger voters are increasingly disinclined to participate in formal party-electoral politics leading to concern over the ‘greying’ of party democracy and of socio-political organizations (Henn et al. 2002; Phelps 2006; Goerres 2009; and Robertson 2009). Certain (types of) parties are disproportionately supported by older age groups. Indeed, in certain cases – as with the members of the British Conservative Party during 1990s (Whiteley et al. 1994) or the electorate of the Czech Republic’s Communist Party (Hanley 2001) – older age cohorts can find themselves in the majority, significantly affecting the way such parties understand, prioritize and respond to issues of the day and often tending to narrow their political appeal over time.


Welfare State Party System Parliamentary Election Retire People Political Entrepreneur 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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