Political Parties and Democratic Linkage: How Parties Organize Democracy

Paperback | September 13, 2013

byRussell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, Ian Mcallister

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Is the party over? Parties are the central institutions of representative democracy, but critics increasingly claim that parties are failing to perform their democratic functions. This book assembles unprecedented cross-national evidence to assess how parties link the individual citizen to theformation of governments and then to government policies. Using the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems and other recent cross-national data, the authors examine the workings of this party linkage process across established and new democracies. Political parties still dominate the electoralprocess in shaping the discourse of campaigns, the selection of candidates, and mobilizing citizens to vote. Equally striking, parties link citizen preferences to the choice of representatives, with strong congruence between voter and party Left/Right positions. These preferences are then translatedin the formation of coalition governments and their policies.The authors argue that the critics of parties have overlooked the ability of political parties to adapt to changing conditions in order to perform their crucial linkage functions. As the context of politics and societies have changed, so too have political parties. Political Parties and DemocraticLinkage argues that the process of party government is alive and well in most contemporary democracies.

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Is the party over? Parties are the central institutions of representative democracy, but critics increasingly claim that parties are failing to perform their democratic functions. This book assembles unprecedented cross-national evidence to assess how parties link the individual citizen to theformation of governments and then to govern...

Russell J. Dalton is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine. Dalton has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship, Scholar-in-Residence at the Barbra Streisand Center, German Marshall Fund Research Fellowship, and the POSCO Fellowship at the East West Center in Hawaii. He is a Professor of Politi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674965

ISBN - 13:9780199674961

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Part I: INTRODUCTION1. Parties and Representative GovernmentPart II: PARTIES AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS2. Parties and Electoral Institutions3. Party Mobilization and Campaign ParticipationPart III: ELECTORAL CHOICE4. Citizens and their Policy Preferences5. Party Images and Party Linkage6. Voter Choice and Partisan RepresentationPart IV: PARTIES IN GOVERNMENT7. Government Formation and Democratic Representation8. Party Policies and Policy OutputsPart V: CONCLUSION9. Party EvolutionIndex

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Review from previous edition: "Political Parties and Democratic Linkage offers a valiant defence of the often lamented role of parties in contemporary democratic processes. Dalton, Farrell and McAllister argue that despite their poor public image, parties still dominate elections, that newlyincumbent governments are more closely connected to citizen preferences than their predecessors in office, and that voter opinion, operating through parties, matters for policy outputs. This is an important book for students of parties as well as for students of democracy." --Peter Mair, Late Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute, Florence