Nicole Bolleyer has been awarded an EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Nicole Bolleyer has been awarded an EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) titled ‘Unstable Party Supply in Established and New Democracies: Causes and Electoral Consequences’. Nicole is the PI and the incoming fellow is Raimondas Ibenskas who will begin his fellowship in January 2014 and will be hosted for two years by the Centre for Elections, Media & Parties (CEMaP).   Total EU funding 221,606 Euros.

About the project

Political parties and party systems are crucial institutions for the functioning of a modern representative democracy. Two established explanations of party system fragmentation and volatility are social cleavages and institutions. However, both approaches do not sufficiently consider the role of political elites in shaping party systems.  This research project therefore seeks to compliment these two approaches by studying one of the most important ways through which political elites can shape party systems, namely the stability of party supply.  Party supply is unstable when new parties emerge and existing parties disappear, split, merge or combine themselves into fluid electoral alliances.  In order to understand how the instability in party supply affects party systems, the project asks two questions: (1) what causes the instability in party supply? (2) how does the instability in party supply affect voter behaviour and parties’ electoral support?  The project will provide a major contribution to the understanding of the development of party systems in both established and new democracies.

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