Party Politics in New Democracies

Party Politics in New Democracies

by Paul Webb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199289654

ISBN-13: 9780199289653

Pub. Date: 11/25/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. The General Editors are Professor Alfio Mastropaolo, University of Turin and Kenneth Newton, University of Southampton and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. The General Editors are Professor Alfio Mastropaolo, University of Turin and Kenneth Newton, University of Southampton and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.

The sister volume to Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, this book offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the world's major new democracies. Drawing on a wealth of expertise and data, the book assesses the popular legitimacy, organizational development and functional performance of political parties in Latin America and post-communist Eastern Europe. It demonstrates the generational differences between parties in the old and new democracies, and reveals contrasts among the latter. Parties are shown to be at their most feeble in those recently transitional democracies characterized by personalistic, candidate-centered forms of politics, but in other new democracies—especially those with parliamentary systems—parties are more stable and institutionalized, enabling them to facilitate a meaningful degree of popular choice and control. Wherever party politics is weakly institutionalized, political inequality tends to be greater, commitment to pluralism less certain, clientelism and corruption more pronounced, and populist demagoguery a greater temptation. Without party, democracy's hold is more tenuous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199289653
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/25/2007
Series:
Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     ix
List of Tables     x
Notes on Contributors     xiii
Conceptualizing the Institutionalization and Performance of Political Parties in New Democracies   Paul Webb   Stephen White     1
Russia's Client Party System   Stephen White     21
Political Parties in Ukraine: Virtual and Representational   Andrew Wilson   Sarah Birch     53
Poland: Party System by Default   Krzysztof Jasiewicz     85
Building Party Government: Political Parties in the Czech and Slovak Republics   Petr Kopecky     119
The Only Game in Town: Party Politics in Hungary   Zsolt Enyedi   Gabor Toka     147
Parties and Governability in Brazil   Barry Ames   Timothy J. Power     179
'Que se Vayan Todos!' The Struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina   Celia Szusterman     213
Strong Parties in a Struggling Party System: Mexico in the Democratic Era   Joy Langston     243
The Durability of the Party System in Chile   Alan Angell     275
Political Parties in Costa Rica: Democratic Stability and Party System Change in a Latin American Context   John A. Booth     305
PoliticalParties in New Democracies: Trajectories of Development and Implications for Democracy   Paul Webb   Stephen White     345
Index     371

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