‘Controlling the Electoral Marketplace’: A New Book by CPC’s Joost van Spanje

 

In his book, Joost van Spanje examines the reactions of mainstream political parties to the rising far left and far right parties in many different democracies. Van Spanje finds that, worldwide, parties react in several distinct ways: by imitating the extremist political parties, by isolating them (forming a cordon sanitaire), and by doing both. Among other things, using data from fifteen European counties since 1944, Van Spanje addresses the question of how these different responses affect the electoral support of the extremist parties.