Political Parties and Party Systems

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  • Copyright: 1995-11-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This work is an introduction to the study of political parties and party systems. It focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on liberal democracies through a comparative approach. The aim of Political Parties and Party Systems 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. First, general themes and arguments about a topic are introduced, and examples from a large number of countries are discussed in relation to that topic. Then, particular attention is paid to five of the largest liberal democracies--Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Author Biography

Alan Ware is Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Worcester College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

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Introductionp. 1
Parties and Ideologyp. 17
Supporters, Members, and Activistsp. 63
Party Organizationsp. 93
Parties in Non-Liberal-Democratic Regimesp. 124
The Classification of Party Systemsp. 147
Why Party Systems Differp. 184
Stability and Change in Party Systemsp. 213
Party Systems in Non-Liberal-Democratic Regimesp. 245
The Selection of Candidates and Leadersp. 257
Campaigning for Electionp. 289
Voter Choice and Government Formationp. 317
Parties in Governmentp. 349
Conclusionsp. 377
App. 1. Francep. 383
App. 2. Germanyp. 388
App. 3. Great Britainp. 391
App. 4. Japanp. 395
App. 5. United Statesp. 398
Notesp. 404
Indexp. 417
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