Rowman and Littlefield International

Institutionalization (and De-Institutionalization) of Rightwing Protest Parties

The Progress Parties in Denmark and Norway

By Robert Harmel, Lars g. Svåsand, and Hilmar Mjelde

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Pages 190

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When it comes to party institutionalisation – at least for entrepreneurial right-wing protest parties -- leadership matters! That is the primary takeaway from this book.

Of the hundreds of new parties that have formed since the 1970s, many have fallen by the wayside, but others have gone on to reach institution-hood. And some of the latter have then met with decay and de-institutionalisation.

The experiences of the Progress Parties of Denmark and Norway – both of which institutionalised and one of which then de-institutionalised – shed important light on both topics.

While focusing particularly on those two cases, the authors develop conceptual and theoretical frameworks that are broadly applicable, as demonstrated in the final chapter and in an elaborate appendix.
Abbreviations / Preface / Part I: Introduction / 1. Introduction / 2. The Cases and their Contexts / Part II: Institutionalism / 3. Party Institutionalisation: Concepts and Indicators / 4. Levels of Party Institutionalisation: The Progress Parties / 5. Institutionalisation: ‘Impediments’ and the Progress Parties / 6. Leadership and Institutionalisation of Entrepreneurial Protest Parties / 7. The Leadership Theory and the Progress Parties / Part III: De-Institutionalisation / 8. After Institution-hood: Concept, Theory, and Application of ‘De-Institutionalisation’ / Part IV: Conclusions / 9. Conclusions / Appendix: Comparative Cases / Appendix Table / References
Robert Harmel is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Lars Svåsand has been Professor at the Department of Politics, University of Bergen, Norway, and is currently Professor Emeritus at that institution.

Hilmar Mjelde is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen.

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