The Icelandic parliamentary election of 1987

Ólafur Th Hardarson*, Gunnar H. Kristinsson

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In the election to the Althingi on 25 April 1987, the established party system in Iceland received its greatest blow so far. The four main parties between them managed only three-quarters of the valid votes, the Independence Party and the People's Alliance, both suffered their worst defeats ever. The new parties had a field day, as the Citizens' Party-the first major splinter group from the large Independence Party since its foundation-and the Women's Alliance received over 10 per cent of the votes each. Thus, the signs of crisis in the established party system-increasingly visible since around 1970-indicate an uncertain future for the four-party format in Icelandic politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-234
Number of pages16
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1987


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