Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize

Hardcover | December 11, 2012

byFrançoise Boucek

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Drawing on theories of neo-institutionalism to show how institutions shape dissident behavior, Boucek develops new ways of measuring factionalism and explains its effects on office tenure. In each of the four cases - from Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan - intra-party dynamics are analyzed through times series and rational choice tools.

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Drawing on theories of neo-institutionalism to show how institutions shape dissident behavior, Boucek develops new ways of measuring factionalism and explains its effects on office tenure. In each of the four cases - from Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan - intra-party dynamics are analyzed through times series and rational choice tools...

FRANÇOISE BOUCEK is a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Her research interests include political parties and party systems, party government and representative democracy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10.8 × 5.71 × 0.96 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230019935

ISBN - 13:9780230019935

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. The Theory of One-Party Dominance
2. Why Does One-Party Dominance End in Factionalism
3. Majoritarian Democracies: Executive-Dominated Britain and Decentralised Canada
4. Case 1 - The Thatcher-Major Factional Wars Over Europe
5. Case 2 - The Demise of Canadian Liberal Hegemony
6. Non-Majoritarian Democracies: Centrifugal Italy and Consensual Japan
7. Case 3 - Italy's Christian Democrats: How Factional Capture Bred Self-Destruction
8. Case 4 - The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (1955-2009): End of Hegemony
Conclusion: How Parties Succeed or Fail to Manage Factionalism and Stay in Power
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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'Boucek makes an important contribution to explaining the politics of single-party dominance by integrating consideration of both inter- andintra-party politics. By challenging the unitary actor assumption ofinter-party accounts, she offers a fuller picture of both the maintenance and the decline of single-party dominance. She highlights the importance of institutional incentives and electoral market conditions in shaping the behaviour of factions within a dominant party, and hence its ability to maintain its dominant position.'- Professor Richard S. Katz, Department of Political Science, The John Hopkins University