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The Progress Party appeared too late to qualify as one of
the original parties in Janda's 1950-1962 ICPP study. It
continued to1990 and qualified for 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
- The Progress Party burst upon the Danish political
scene in 1973 as a tax protest party and emerged as the
second largest party with 16 percent of the votes. The
party retained most of its strength over the next two
elections, but it has not been regarded as a responsible
partner in coalition governments.
essay on party politics in Denmark from 1963 to 2000
- The FRP was founded as a protest party in 1972 by
Mogens Glistrup on a platform of demands for an end to
taxation and bureaucracy. The party exploded onto the
scene in the 1973 "earthquake" elections, when it drew 16
percent of the vote away from the four old parties to
become the second-largest faction in the legislature. The
party was largely ostracized and never joined a governing
coalition, considered by the established parties to be an
unreliable partner. The FRP's strength declined
throughout the 1980s, briefly revived in the 1988
elections, and then sank again. The Danish People's Party
(DF) split from the FRP in 1995, and the party just
barely made the two percent cutoff for legislative
representation in 1998.
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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.