Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3237: The Rise and Decline of New Political Parties

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Nicole Bolleyer (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The rise of new political parties has been an important development in many advanced democracies leading to the entry into parliaments and (partially) governments of a diversity of new parties, including greens, populist right, regionalist and pirate parties. This module introduces you to the systematic analysis of this phenomenon by familiarizing you with the range of new ‘party families’ and by assessing drivers of their rise and their decline. On that basis, we will also assess the responses of mainstream parties to these newcomers and how the latter affected mainstream parties and the extent to which new parties were able to shape public policy.

This module has no formal pre-requisistes though the prior attendance of introductory modules in the area of comparative politics (broadly defined) would be a helpful foundation.

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