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.
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.