There Is Always an Alternative: A Study of Control and Commitment in Political Organization

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This doctoral study explores the case of The Alternative, a recently elected party in Denmark, by utilizing concepts and methods from organization studies in an effort to understand how a political party manages the process of entering parliament without losing political support. The Alternative was founded in late 2013 as a movement against the unsustainable program of neoliberal capitalism and the ‘old political culture’. However, instead of presenting a list of tangible demands and trademark issues, The Alternative was launches without a political program. During the course of only half a year, the party developed its political program with inspiration from the open-source community by inviting everyone interested to participate in a series of ‘Political Laboratories’. This culminated with the publication of The Alternative’s first program in May 2014 – a document of no less than 63 pages, containing a variety of specific and sometimes controversial policy proposals. On June 18, 2015, the party entered the Danish Parliament with almost five percent of the votes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationfrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School [Phd]
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9788793579446
ISBN (Electronic)9788793579453
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesPhD series

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