Conservative Party, 203
The Conservative Party was one of the original parties in
Janda's 1950-1962 ICPP study. The party continued throughout
1950-1990 in the Harmel-Janda study of party change in
Denmark, Germany, the U.K. and U.S.
essay on party politics in Denmark from 1950 to 1962
- Conservative parliamentary strength held steady at
around 20 percent of the is until the 1970s, when new
parties siphoned off support and dropped the party to
under 10 percent of seats.
essay on party politics in Denmark from 1963 to 2000
- After enjoying fairly steady legislative strength
during the original ICPP period of roughly 20 percent of
the seats, the KF's fortunes declined in the latter half
of the 1970s, when new parties--the Progress Party and
Center Democrats, both rightist, protest parties --
siphoned off support. Likewise, the party experienced
leadership disputes in the mid-1970s, which hurt it
electorally, as its legislative strength dropped
precipitously. The KF's fortunes began to revive after
Poul Schluter took over party leadership in 1974. The
party returned to double-digit strength in the
legislature in 1980, and in 1982 Schluter became
Denmark's first Conservative prime minister since 1901.
The party remained strong throughout the 1980s, but
experienced another sharp drop in the 1998 elections,
partially caused by the emergence of the rightist Danish
People's Party (DF).
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variables for annual scores of the party's issue
orientation, organizational complexity, centralization of
power, and coherence from 1950 through 1990.