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Rethinking small political parties: from micro to peripheral

Kefford, G ORCID: 0000-0002-6733-3323 2017 , 'Rethinking small political parties: from micro to peripheral' , Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 52, no. 1 , pp. 95-109 , doi:

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It is frequently suggested that ‘micro parties’ are opportunist organisations out to ‘game the system’. These parties are regularly compared with supposed minor parties. There are two problems with this approach. First, attempts to operationalise ‘micro party’ have been ad hoc. Second, comparisons between ‘micro’ and minor parties are erroneous as a party type is being compared with a classification based on the relevance of parties in the party system. In rethinking small parties, the term ‘micro party’ should be discarded as it lacks utility. Parties referred to as ‘micro parties’ should be re-classified, and the classification of parties in the party system needs refinement. In particular, we should include an additional class of party in these classifications, peripheral parties.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kefford, G
Keywords: Political parties; Australian politics; comparative politics
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Political Science
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1036-1146
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