Center-Right Political Parties in Advanced Democracies.


Gidron, Noam, and Daniel Ziblatt. 2019. “Center-Right Political Parties in Advanced Democracies.”. Annual Review of Political Science 22 : 17.


Byline: Noam Gidron, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel; email:; Daniel Ziblatt, Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; email: Keywords: parties, party systems, center-right, radical right, conservatism Abstract This review proposes a comparative research agenda on center-right parties in advanced democracies, bringing together research in American and comparative politics. Political scientists have recently closely examined the decline of the center-left and the rise of the radical right but have paid less attention to the weakening of center-right parties. Yet cohesive center-right parties have facilitated political stability and compromises, while their disintegration has empowered radical challengers. After presenting an overview of right-wing politics in Western democracies and weighing different definitions of the electoral right, we di