Magnus Ryner quoted in the Spanish newspaper El País: The right as a refuge

The European social democratic parties are losing votes and influence, while the conservative parties are seen as a better alternative to handle the financial crisis, hence getting more political weight.

 
06/07/2011

The European social democratic parties are losing votes and influence, while the conservative parties are seen as a better alternative to handle the financial crisis, hence getting more political weight.

In the aftermath of the financial crisis a general trend of the mass parties losing votes and the minor parties getting an upsurge can be observed. This should not be understood as the voters suddenly agreeing with the minor parties but more a way to punish the mass parties for previous failures.

Magnus Ryner, political scientist from Brookes College in Oxford, points out that uninspiring leadership or the wear out of the exercise of power are factors having their weight but they’re not the primary cause of the problem. The reasons for the European social democratic sufferings are ideological and incubated in our time. Until the 90s financial liberalism was attempted combined with a following redistribution of wealth through the welfare state. The thing is that the modern European social democracy is closely linked to the system in crisis, which is not in a position to offer an alternative.

Furthermore Magnus Ryner tells that the corrosive effect of the crisis will influence both European political poles. The modern mass parties have to appeal to social heterogeneous sectors in order to maintain their size. In a time with economic difficulties it is more difficult to sustain political projects that satisfy the various interests a mass party wish to keep.

 

To read the full article: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/derecha/refugio/elpepisoc/201107...

 

Sidst opdateret: Department of Business and Politics // 13/03/2013