Center Democratic Party, 207
The Center Democratic 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
- Also formed in 1973 to protest high taxes and the
"leftist" tendencies of Danish government, the Center
Democrats were only about half as successful as the
Progress Party, but they lasted through subsequent
elections in 1975 and 1977.
essay on party politics in Denmark from 1963 to 2000
- The CD was founded in 1973 by Erhard Jakobsen after a
split with the Social Democratic Party (SD). Over the
course of the party's political life, it has managed to
control between three and nine percent of the seats in
the legislature, and held cabinet positions in the
1982-1988 and 1993-1996 governments. "They see their role
as a central and moderating influence able to cooperate
equally with socialist and nonsocialist parties" (Thomas
and Oakley, 1998: 82).
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to variables for annual scores of the party's
issue orientation, organizational complexity, centralization
of power, and coherence from 1950 through 1990.