Social Liberal or Radical Left Party, 204
The Social Liberal or Radical Left 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
- In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Radical
Liberals (Radical Venstre) enjoyed a doubling of their
parliamentary strength to about 15 percent of the seats,
and the party headed a governmental coalition in
1968-1971. But the party's support fell sharply afterward
to about 4 percent of the votes and seats.
essay on party politics in Denmark from 1963 to 2000
- One of the four old parties, the RV's support
remained around the five percent plateau after the
original ICPP period, with the notable exception of the
15 percent it won in 1968 and held through 1973. During
the 1968-1971 period, the RV formed a governing coalition
with the Liberal Party (V) and the Conservative People's
Party (KF) after a period of absolute socialist majority
in the legislature. After this period, the RV resumed its
balancing strategy between socialist and non-socialist
blocs: the party joined the 1988-1990 KF-V government,
after which they joined the government led by the Social
Democratic Party (SD) from 1993-1994. Though a small
party, the RV has used its pivotal position to influence
both the moderate left and right parties, and to oppose
the more extreme leftist and rightist parties.
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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.