Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges by Richard GuntherPolitical Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges by Richard Gunther

Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges

EditorRichard Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero, Juan J. Linz

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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This book, with contributions from leading scholars in the field, presents a critical overview of much of the recent literature on political parties. It systematically assesses the capacity of existing concepts, typologies, and methodological approaches to deal with contemporary parties. Itcritically analyses the 'decline of parties' literature both from a conceptual perspective and - with regard to antiparty attitudes among citizens - on the basis of empirical analyses of survey data. It systematically re-examines the underpinnings of rational-choice analyses of electoralcompetition, as well as the misapplication of standard party models as the 'catch-all party.' Several chapters reexamine existing models of parties and party typologies, particularly with regard to the capacity of commonly used concepts to capture the wide variation among parties that exist in oldand new democracies today, and with regard to their ability to deal adequately with the new challenges that parties are facing in rapidly changing political, social and technological environments. In particular, two detailed case studies demonstrate how party models are significant not only asframeworks for scholarly research, but also insofar as they can affect party performance. Other chapters also examine in detail how corruption and party patronage have contributed to party decline, as well as the public attitudes towards parties in several countries. In the aggregate, the variouscontributions to this volume reject the notion that a 'decline of party' has progressed to such an extent as to threaten the survival of parties as the crucial intermediary actors in modern democracies. The contributing authors argue, however, that parties are facing a new set of sometimesdemanding challenges. Not only have parties differed significantly in their ability to successfully meet these challenges, but the core concepts, typologies, party models and methodological approaches that have guided research in this area over the past 40 years have met with only mixed success inadequately capturing these recent developments and serving as fruitful frameworks for analysis. This book is intended to remedy some of these shortcomings.
Richard Gunther is a Professor, Political Science, Ohio State University. Juan Linz is a Professor of Sociology, Yale University. Jose Ramon is at University of Madrid
Title:Political Parties: Old Concepts and New ChallengesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199246742

ISBN - 13:9780199246748


Table of Contents

Jose Ramon Montero and Richard Gunther: IntroductionPart I. Reconceptualizing parties and party competitionHans Daalder: Parties: denied, dismissed, or redundantHans-Jurgen Puhle: Still the age of catch-allism? Volksparteien and Parteienstaat in crisis and reequilibrationStefano Bartolini: Electoral and party competition: analytical dimensions and empirical problemsPart II. Reexaming party organization and party modelsRichard S. Katz and Peter Mair: The ascendancy of the party in public office: party organizational change in 20th-century democracies Steven B. Wolinetz: Beyond the catch-all party: approaches to the study of parties and party organization in contemporary democraciesSerenella Sferza: Party organization and party performance: the case of the French Socialist partyRichard Gunther and Jonathan Hopkin: A crisis of institutionalisation: the collapse of the UCD in SpainPart III. Revisiting Party linkages and attitudes toward parties Mariano Torcal, Richard Gunther, and Jose Ramon Montero: Antiparty sentiments in Southern EuropeJuan J. Linz: Parties in contemporary democracies: problems and paradoxes