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Anti-Establishment Political Parties

Title: Anti-Establishment Political Parties: Conception, Measurement, and Consequences.
Name(s): Cornacchione, Teresa Lee, author
Ehrlich, Sean D., professor directing dissertation
Grant, Jonathan A., 1963-, university representative
Weissert, Carol S., committee member
Gomez, Brad T., 1970-, committee member
Beazer, Quintin H., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Department of Political Science, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (188 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The incredible rise of so-called "anti-establishment" parties in Europe has left scholars scrambling to define and classify the movement. Much scholarly attention has been paid to radical right wing parties, and the sources of their electoral support. While important and intriguing, the current literature has yet to develop a cohesive definition of the anti-establishment, and has too heavily used terms such as "populist," "anti-establishment," and "radical right-wing" interchangeably. Further, extant research has based theories of these parties' electoral support largely with the radical right-wing in mind, potentially ignoring theories that could explain support for these parties from the left, right, and center of the political spectrum. Finally, current research has not substantially explored how these parties, traditionally excluded from policy-making, behave once they are seated in parliaments. This dissertation aims to remedy these three shortcomings. First, I develop a conceptual definition and measurement scheme that encapsulates both ideological positioning and anti-establishment sentiment. Then, I explore how political trust in influences electoral support for anti-establishment parties positioned at all areas of the classic left-right spectrum. Finally, I analyze their parliamentary behavior, assessing their level of activity and their preferred policy domains. My findings underscore the importance of conceiving anti-establishment parties as existing along a unique dimension, separate from ideology, whose electoral viability can be explained via a unified theory, and who behave uniquely in parliament.
Identifier: 2018_Su_Cornacchione_fsu_0071E_14698 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Political Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: July 11, 2018.
Keywords: Anti-Establishment Parties, Legislative Behavior, Voting Behavior
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sean Ehrlich, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jonathan Grant, University Representative; Carol S. Weissert, Committee Member; Brad Gomez, Committee Member; Quintin Beazer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Political science
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Host Institution: FSU

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