Political Parties in the New Europe: Political and Analytical Challenges

Paperback | August 31, 2005

EditorKurt Richard Luther, Ferdinand Muller-rommel

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The scope and intensity of the challenges currently faced by West European political parties is exceptionally great, threatening the viability of the manner in which they have traditionally operated and causing them to seek new behaviours and strategies. This volume brings together some of theforemost scholars of European party politics, whose evaluation of political parties in 'the new Europe' is organised under four broad headings: 'Parties and Society'; 'Parties as Purposive Organizations'; 'Parties and National Government' and 'Parties, the Nation State, and Beyond'. The contributorsreview the latest empirical findings and provide a concise, critical review of the theoretical and methodological 'state of the art'. They also highlight the analytical challenges confronting party researchers and suggest new avenues for party research.

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The scope and intensity of the challenges currently faced by West European political parties is exceptionally great, threatening the viability of the manner in which they have traditionally operated and causing them to seek new behaviours and strategies. This volume brings together some of theforemost scholars of European party politic...

Kurt Richard Luther is at Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Keele. Ferdinand Muller-Rommel is at Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Luneburg.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:August 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199283982

ISBN - 13:9780199283989

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Section I: Introduction1. Kurt Richard Luther and Ferdinand Muller-Rommel: Political Parties in a Changing EuropeSection II: Parties and Society2. Russell J. Dalton, Ian McAllister, and Martin Wattenbert: Political Parties and their Publics3. Thomas Poguntke: Party Organizational Linkage: Parties Without Firm Social Roots?4. David M. Farrell: Campaign Modernization and the West European PartySection III: Parties as Purposive Organziations5. Richard S. Katz: The Internal Life of Parties6. Robert Harmel: Party Organizational Change: Competing Explanations?7. Andrea Volkens and Hans-Dieter Klingemann: Parties, Ideologies, and Issues: Stability and Change in Fiftenn European Party Systems 1945-1998Section IV: Parties and National Government8. Lieven De Winter: Parties and Government Formation, Portfolio Allocation, and Policy Definition9. Hans Keman: Policy-Making Capacities of European Party GovernmentSection V: Parties, the Nation State, and Beyond10. Wolfgang C, Muller: Parties and their Institutional Framework11. Luciano Bardi: Parties and Party Systems in the European UnionSection VI: Conclusion12. Kurt Richard Luther and Ferdinand Muller-Rommel: Parties and Party Research in the New EuropeBibliography

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`... this is a worthy book, both for the wealth of empirical material and as a contribution to further theorizing on the various dimensions of political parties... One strength of this volume is that it is more coherent than many of the recently published competitor volumes on politicalparties, and its theoretical frameworks and empirical analyses are more encompassing and carried out more systematically. It is furthermore marked by the consistently high quality of the contributions.'Political Studies Review