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How Portugal’s election resembled the UK’s general election and what both contests indicate about European politics

Dennison, James and Brito Bastos, Filipe (2015) How Portugal’s election resembled the UK’s general election and what both contests indicate about European politics. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (06 Oct 2015). Website.

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Abstract

Portugal held parliamentary elections on 4 October, with the ruling centre-right coalition led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho winning the election, despite losing its absolute majority in parliament. James Dennison and Filipe Brito Bastos write that in many respects the Portuguese elections paralleled the general election held in the UK in May, with an incumbent conservative government managing to regain power against an opposition torn between anti-austerity and centrist policies. They argue that the results of both elections demonstrate a dilemma faced by the left in several European countries in the aftermath of the financial crisis: namely how to unite anti-austerity support while remaining electable.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 13:30
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 23:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70936

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