Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe • Catherine E. De Vries and Sara Hobolt

2nd December 2020 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

A Book Presentation organised in the framework of the European Governance & Politics Programme Seminar Series.

Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe, exemplified by the likes of Podemos in Spain, the National Rally in France, the Alternative for Germany, or the Brexit Party in Great Britain. Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established party brands. In the face of these challenges and a more volatile electorate, mainstream parties are losing their grip on power. In their recent book, Catherine De Vries and Sara Hobolt explore why some challenger parties are so successful and what mainstream parties can do to confront these political entrepreneurs. Drawing analogies with how firms compete, De Vries and Hobolt demonstrate that political change is as much about the ability of challenger parties to innovate as it is about the inability of dominant parties to respond.

SpeakersProf Catherine E. De Vries and Prof Sara Hobolt

ChairProf Daniele Caramani

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