Centre-right


Centre-right

The centre-right is a political term commonly used to describe or denote individuals, political parties or organizations (such as think tanks) whose views stretch from the centre to the right on the left-right spectrum, excluding far right stances. Centre-right can also describe a coalition of centrist and right-wing parties. Many political parties of the centre-right are known to have various factions and members who advocate right-wing policies.

Ideological definition of the centre-right

A definition of the term "centre-right" is necessarily broad and approximate because political terms have varying meanings in different countries. Parties of the centre-right generally support liberal democracy, capitalism, the market economy, private property rights and the existence of the welfare state in some form. They generally oppose socialism, extreme secularism and the use of violence as a political tool. Such a definition generally includes political parties that base their ideology and policies upon Conservatism and economic liberalism.

However, parties that subscribe to social liberalism are often associated with the centre-left. Centre-right parties often ground themselves in traditional values; as such, most predominantly Christian states possess a competitive centre-right Christian democratic party.

The use of centre-right is sometimes expanded to include populist right-wing parties such as the Freedom Party of Austria, the Danish People's Party, and the Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland. While the Freedom Party and the Danish People's Party would generally be classified as right-wing, parties like Law and Justice are both populist and conservative, and so are sometimes classified centre-right.

Examples of centre-right parties

* Examples of centre-right political parties include:
* In Australia:
** The Coalition including:
*** Liberal Party of Australia
*** National Party of Australia
** Liberal National Party of Queensland formed after Lib/Nat merger at State level.
* In Canada:
** Conservative Party of Canada
* In the Republic of China:
** The Pan-Blue Coalition including:
*** Kuomintang (KMT)
* In Chile:
** Renovación Nacional
* In The Czech Republic:
** Civic Democratic Party
** KDU-ČSL
* In Denmark:
** Conservative People's Party
** Venstre, Liberal Party of Denmark
* In the European Parliament:
** European People's Party
* In Finland:
** National Coalition Party
** Christian Democrats
** Swedish People's Party
* In France:
** Union for a Popular Movement
** New Centre
* In Germany:
** Christian Democratic Union
** Christian Social Union of Bavaria
** Free Democratic Party
* In Greece:
**New Democracy
*In Iceland:
**Independence Party
**Liberal Party
* In India:
**Bharatiya Janata Party
* In Ireland:
** Fianna Fáil
** Fine Gael
* In Italy:
** The People of Freedom
* In Japan:
**The Liberal Democratic Party
* In Republic of Korea
** The Liberty Forward Party
** Grand National Party
* In Luxembourg:
** Christian Social People's Party
* In The Netherlands:
** Christian Democratic Appeal
** People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
* In "'New Zealand
** New Zealand National Party
*In Northern Ireland:
**Democratic Unionist Party
**Ulster Unionist Party
*In Norway:
** Conservative Party of Norway
** Christian Democratic Party
** Liberal Party of Norway
*In Pakistan:
** The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
*In the Philippines:
** The Nacionalista Party
*In Portugal:
** The Social Democratic Party
** Democratic and Social Center / People's Party
*In Romania:
** Democratic Liberal Party
** National Liberal Party
* In Russia:
** Union of Right Forces
*In Slovakia:
**Slovak Democratic and Christian Union - Democratic Party
**Christian Democratic Movement
* In Slovenia:
**Slovenian Democratic Party
**Slovenian People's Party
**New Slovenia
*In Spain:
**People's Party
*In Sri Lanka:
**United National Party
* In Sweden:
**The Alliance for Sweden coalition including:
***Moderate Party
***Centre Party
***Christian Democrats
***Liberal People's Party
* In Turkey:
** Democratic Party
** Justice and Development Party
** Motherland Party
** Young Party
* In the United Kingdom:
**The Conservative Party
* In the United States:
**The United States Republican Party
*In Ghana:
** The New Patriotic Party

ee also

* Left-Right politics
** Centre-left
** Ultra leftism
** Far left
** Left-wing politics
** Right-wing politics
** Far right
* Ideology
* Glossary of the French Revolution
* Political spectrum
* Political compass
* Nolan chart
* World's Smallest Political Quiz


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • centre-right — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Broad Centre Right Front — The Broad Centre Right Front ( Grand Front Centre Droit) ) is a political party in Haiti. The party won in the 7 February 2006 Senate elections 2.1% of the popular vote and no Senators. In the 7 February and 21 April 2006 Chamber of Deputies… …   Wikipedia

  • Right-wing populism — is a political ideology that rejects existing political consensus and combines laissez faire liberalism and anti elitism. It is considered right wing because of its rejection of social equality and government programs to achieve it, its… …   Wikipedia

  • right-of-centre — rightˈ of cenˈtre adjective Inclining slightly towards the more conservative policies of a group, party or political system • • • Main Entry: ↑right * * * right of centre UK US adjective slightly conservative in your political views Thesaurus:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Centre Party (Jersey) — Infobox Jersey Political Party party name = Centre Party party articletitle = Centre Party (Jersey) party party wikicolourid = CPJ logo name = Centre Party Logo leader = Democratic chairman = Roger Benest ceo = Darius Pearce foundation = 2005… …   Wikipedia

  • right-of-center — /ruyt euhv sen teuhr/, adj. holding conservative views in politics; right wing. [1955 60] * * * ˌcentre ˈright 8 [centre right] (especially US ˌcenter ˈright) (also …   Useful english dictionary

  • right — right1 W1S1 [raıt] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(true/correct)¦ 2¦(suitable)¦ 3¦(side)¦ 4¦(problems)¦ 5¦(morally)¦ 6 that s right 7 right you are 8¦(emphasis)¦ 9¦(health)¦ 10¦(socially)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • centre — cen|tre1 W1S1 BrE center AmE [ˈsentə US ər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(middle)¦ 2¦(building)¦ 3¦(place of activity)¦ 4¦(of a town)¦ 5¦(involvement)¦ 6 be the centre of attention 7 be/take centre stage 8¦(poli …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Centre-left — PoliticsThe centre left (or center left) is a political term commonly used to describe or denote individuals, political parties or organizations (such as think tanks) whose views stretch from the centre to the left on the left right spectrum,… …   Wikipedia

  • centre — [[t]se̱ntə(r)[/t]] ♦ centres, centring, centred (in AM, use center) 1) N COUNT: usu with supp, oft in names after n A centre is a building where people have meetings, take part in a particular activity, or get help of some kind. We went to a… …   English dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.