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The World Says No to WarDemonstrations against the War on Iraq$
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Stefaan Walgrave and Dieter Rucht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650958

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650958.001.0001

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Boon or Burden? Antiwar Protest and Political Parties

Boon or Burden? Antiwar Protest and Political Parties

(p.141) 8 Boon or Burden? Antiwar Protest and Political Parties
The World Says No to War

Wolfgang Rüdig

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter addresses the role of political parties before and during the February 15, 2003 demonstrations, and its impact—along with the antiwar movement in general—on party politics. Parties not only mobilized members and those with a strong sense of party identification, but also elements of the general public with clear preferences or attachments to specific antiwar parties. An analysis of the poll rating of antiwar parties demonstrates that while some parties experienced brief increases in their ratings after the February 15, 2003 demonstrations, in no case was the political standing of any of the antiwar parties transformed by the Iraq issue.

Keywords:   political parties, February 15 demonstrations, antiwar movement, party politics, antiwar parties

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