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Opposition Policy Influence Through Agenda-Setting: The Environment in Denmark, 1993–2009

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This article addresses the opposition’s opportunities to influence policy; a topic that has been neglected in existing party-policy research. The idea that is developed is applied to a remarkable policy development on the environment during the Danish right-wing government in the 2000s. Contrary to its policy position when it took office in 2001, the right-wing government turned green and adopted a series of green policy initiatives. The vehement and persistent criticism from the left-wing opposition of the government provides an explanation, this article argues. Taking media coverage, public opinion, carbon dioxide emissions, and the government’s approval ratings into account, the empirical estimation based on unique quarterly data shows that opposition criticism had a systematic impact on the pro-environmental policy development. The implications for party-policy research are important. If the aim is to understand how parties matter to policy, the opposition should be taken more seriously.
TidsskriftScandinavian Political Studies
Sider (fra-til)185-206
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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