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Why did the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima lead to significant politicisation of the issue of nuclear energy in Germany, but hardly elicit any political attention in France? Why did immigration become one of the most important issues in the Dutch political debate at the beginning of the century, but has European integration only become politicised much more recently? Both examples demonstrate that considerable variation exists in the attention dynamics for issues across countries over time. By placing his PhD thesis within the growing body of literature on issue competition, Marc van de Wardt aims to test to what extent the issue competition framework stemming from the context of US two-party competition can be extended to more complex multiparty systems. To do so, he identifies four tactics lying at the heart of this perspective.

Event details of Patterns of issue competition in complex multiparty systems
Date 23 April 2014
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel

M. van de Wardt, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Patterns of Issue Competition Between Government, Challenger and Mainstream Opposition Parties in Western Europe.


Prof. W. van der Brug


Prof. C.E. de Vries
Dr S.L. de Lange


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.