Political Parties and Party Systems

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byAlan Ware

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This is an introduction to the study of political parties and party systems. It focuses primarily on liberal deocracies and the approach is a comparative one. The book's aim is to explain to students of politics how and why parties and party systems differ from one country to another. However, it also seeks to provide a more detailed understanding of party politics in five particular countries. Most of the chapters are divided into two sections. In the first section general themes and arguments about a topic are introduced, and examples from a large number of countries are discussed in relation to it. In the second section, particular attention is paid to five of the largest liberaldemocracies - Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

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This is an introduction to the study of political parties and party systems. It focuses primarily on liberal deocracies and the approach is a comparative one. The book's aim is to explain to students of politics how and why parties and party systems differ from one country to another. However, it also seeks to provide a more detail...

Alan Ware is at Worcester College, Oxford.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:454 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019878077X

ISBN - 13:9780198780779

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About this BookIntroductionPart I: Parties1. Parties and Ideology2. Activists, Members, and Supporters3. Party Organizations4. Parties in Non-Liberal Democratic RegimesPart II: Party Systems5. The Classification of Party Systems6. Why Party Systems Differ7. Stability and Change in Party Systems8. Party Systems in Non-Liberal Democratic RegimesPart III: Moving Towards Government9. The Selection of Candidates and Leaders10. Campaigning for Election11. Voter Choice and Government Formation12. Parties in GovernmentConclusionAppendix 1: FranceAppendix 2: GermanyAppendix 3: Great BritainAppendix 4: JapanAppendix 5: United States

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`Outstanding ... It will meet the needs and expectations not only of undergraduates but also graduates and faculty as well ... each chapter-topic is introduced with an examination and review of the relevant academic literature. This organization and approach mark a real strength in the volume... The discussion is illustrated with excellent data from a wide range of examples to make the arguments clear and contrast different parties and party systems ... cogently, clearly and precisely presents the analysis of parties and party systems.'Democratization