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A taste of honey is worse than none at all?: generic challenges of support party status in Sweden and New Zealand
Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SN, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2006 (English)In: Party Politics, ISSN 1354-0688, E-ISSN 1460-3683, Vol. 12, no 2, 189-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Some parties support rather than join the executive, thereby operating in a grey area between opposition and office – in governance but not in government. Previous research on the New Zealand Greens’ experience as a support party has shown that this liminal position may prove a blessing or a curse – or, more likely, a mixture of both. This article compares the experience of the Swedish Greens. While the Swedish party gained more on policy, it suffered the same frustrations as its Kiwi counterpart with regard to consultation, to the media and to a government that could potentially find support elsewhere. It, too, avoided overwhelming internal tensions, but was likewise left wanting more. Neither party broke into government at the next election, but tried to put lessons learned into practice when supporting centre–left cabinets once again. That the challenges encountered were so similar suggests the possibility that they are common to support parties elsewhere.

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SAGE Publications , 2006. Vol. 12, no 2, 189-209 p.
Keyword [en]
coalition and minority government, contract parliamentarism, Greens, support parties
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14867DOI: 10.1177/1354068806061337OAI: diva2:154539
Available from: 2007-06-20 Created: 2007-06-20 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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