Party Politics in New Democracies

Paperback | November 1, 2009

EditorPaul Webb, Stephen White

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The sister volume to Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, this book offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the world's major new democracies. Drawing on a wealth of expertise and data, the book assesses the popular legitimacy, organizationaldevelopment and functional performance of political parties in Latin America and postcommunist Eastern Europe. It demonstrates the generational differences between parties in the old and new democracies, and reveals contrasts among the latter. Parties are shown to be at their most feeble in thoserecently transitional democracies characterized by personalistic, candidate-centred forms of politics, but in other new democracies - especially those with parliamentary systems - parties are more stable and institutionalized, enabling them to facilitate a meaningful degree of popular choice andcontrol. Wherever party politics is weakly institutionalized, political inequality tends to be greater, commitment to pluralism less certain, clientelism and corruption more pronounced, and populist demagoguery a greater temptation. Without party, democracy's hold is more tenuous. Comparative Politics is a series for scholars and students of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editor is David M. Farrell, Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics and Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester.The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.

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The sister volume to Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, this book offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the world's major new democracies. Drawing on a wealth of expertise and data, the book assesses the popular legitimacy, organizationaldevelopment and functional performance of political pa...

Paul Webb is Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex. He is author or editor of numerous publications, including The Modern British Party System (Sage Publications, 2000), Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Societies (Oxford University Press, 2002, coedited) and The Presidentialization of Politics: A Comparative Study ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199289662

ISBN - 13:9780199289660

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1. Paul Webb and Stephen White: Introduction: Conceptualizing the Institutionalization and Performance of Political Parties in New Democracies2. Stephen White: Russia's Client Party System3. Andrew Wilson and Sarah Birch: Political Parties in Ukraine: Virtual and Representational4. Krzysztof Jasiewicz: Poland: Party System by Default5. Petr Kopecky: Building Party Government: Political Parties in the Czech and Slovak Republics6. Zsolt Enyedi and Gabor Toka: The Only Game in Town: Party Politics in Hungary7. Barry Ames and Timothy J. Power: Parties and Governability in Brazil8. Celia Szusterman: 'Que se Vayan Todos!' The struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina9. Joy Langston: Strong Parties in a Struggling Party System: Mexico in the Democratic Era10. Alan Angell: The Durability of the Party System in Chile11. John A. Booth: Political Parties in Costa Rica: Sustaining Democratic Stability in a Latin American Context12. Paul Webb and Stephen White: Political Parties in New Democracies: Trajectories of Development and Implications for DemocracyIndex