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The New Zealand Green Party and the 2014 Election – Shackled to a Wounded Bull

The performance of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand in the General Election on 20 September 2014 resulted in a disappointing 10.7%, rather than the hoped for 15%. Polling had suggested that the Green Party was on track to pass its historical high of 11.1% gained in the 2011 election. This represented a watershed… Continue reading The New Zealand Green Party and the 2014 Election – Shackled to a Wounded Bull

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Resisting well? The French Greens in the European elections

For the majority of the mainstream media, the performance of the French Greens (EELV) in the European elections was underwhelming. Set alongside the dominant showing of the nationalist-populist Front National, the worst ever electoral performance of the governing Socialist Party  and the unimpressive performance of the corruption-mired Gaullist opposition , the Green vote in truth… Continue reading Resisting well? The French Greens in the European elections

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On the level? Party campaigns and media coverage of the European and council elections

Political scientists, and indeed the general public, will be well aware that government operates at various jurisdictional levels. It is over twenty years since Gary Marks first coined the term ‘multilevel governance’, although of course the notion that governmental tasks are shared across different tiers of public administration pre-dates him significantly. Nonetheless, the idea of… Continue reading On the level? Party campaigns and media coverage of the European and council elections