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Episode 12 of the People, Power, Politics podcast features a discussion of Allan Sikk (University College London) and Philipp Köker’s (Leibniz University) recent OUP book Party People: Candidates and Party Evolution.

Hosted by CEDAR’s Tim Haughton, the episode delves into the fascinating world of party change in Central and Eastern Europe, whilst drawing broader conclusions for the wider political science scholarship.

Allan, Philipp, and Tim discuss the following points:

  • The new party phenomenon and its potential shortcomings.
  • The many ways in which parties change from one election to another.
  • New measurements for capturing party change.
  • The benefits of looking at evolutionary genetics to political science.

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Further information

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