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By Anna Bosco, Leonardo Morlino

It has been argued that political events are weakening. In Southern Europe, despite the fact that, political events have proven striking pragmatism. not just have they performed a very important position within the deploy and consolidation of democracy, commonly within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, yet they've got additionally tailored to the aftermaths of serious political crises throughout the Nineties.

Party swap in Southern Europe addresses a simple factor: Have events in Southern Europe weakened over the last decade 1995-2005? Or have they quite replaced? And if that is so, how have they replaced? to reply to those questions the authors learn the variations gone through through the 2 major events in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus (North and South) targeting numerous dimensions of switch. for every political staff, systematic research is available on:

  • party association
  • electoral politics
  • competitive strategies
  • party values and programmes.

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Yet what the past ten years illustrate is that this 'charisma' is by no means an intrinsic personal trait. The various party leaders that have mediated the leaderships of Nogueira and Mendes were invariably characterized as being strongly charismatic prior to reaching the party presidency. As the case of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa-a hugely popular and mediatic figure-demonstrates, personal charisma is not enough to silence the PSD and its notables. Rather, this charisma appears more strongly related to success (electoral and in opinion polls) than to a leader's personality.

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At the same time, with both the PS and PSD on the same side of the regime-choice cleavage, this decisive conflict was to produce a relatively flimsy differentiation between the two dominant parties, accentuated by the weak politicization of the traditional cleavages. This helps explain the substantial apolitical electorate in post-1974 Portugal, whose vote is swayed by short-term political factors (notably, economic performance, political scandals and leader perceptions) rather than determined by established cleavage structures.

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