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Political Parties and the Collapse of the Old Orders

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With the passage of the Cold War, political parties in nearly every corner of the globe have undergone a vast upheaval. Political Parties and the Collapse of the Old Orders describes these changes using several countries as laboratories: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Israel, South Africa, and Russia. In this "new world order," the old political arrangements and old ways of doing things have disappeared. The altered states of political parties in the ...
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Overview

With the passage of the Cold War, political parties in nearly every corner of the globe have undergone a vast upheaval. Political Parties and the Collapse of the Old Orders describes these changes using several countries as laboratories: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Israel, South Africa, and Russia. In this "new world order," the old political arrangements and old ways of doing things have disappeared. The altered states of political parties in the post-Cold War world pose a central question: what does change look like? The answers given here illuminate our understanding of why the world has changed and how political parties are attempting to cope with it.
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Postindustrialization and Internet communication typify the new world order, but so does political dislocation. In a global perspective on these sociopolitical developments, 14 international contributors examine how old orders are managing change: e.g. in the US in the context of public skepticism and economic dislocation, in Mexico with (perhaps) the end of one-party pluralism, with the emergence of Israel's second republic, and as Russia casts off its one-party legacy. Sights are also set on several European nations, Canada, Australia , and South Africa, but not on Asia. Tables and figures encapsulate political trends approaching the millennium. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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List of Tables and Figures
Preface: Political Parties in an Era of Change
Ch. 1 The American Experience: Public Skepticism, Economic Dislocation, and Partisan Decay 1
Ch. 2 The United Kingdom: Change within Continuity 19
Ch. 3 French Political Parties: A State within the State 33
Ch. 4 Whither the Old Order: The Collapse of the GDR and the "New" German Party System 55
Ch. 5 Italy: The Demise of the Post-War Partyocracy 71
Ch. 6 Canadian Political Parties: Contemporary Changes 95
Ch. 7 Australia: An Old Order Manages Change 113
Ch. 8 Mexico: The End of One-Party Pluralism? 137
Ch. 9 Political Parties and the Emergence of Israel's Second Republic 165
Ch. 10 South Africa: Rise and Demise of Political Parties 185
Ch. 11 Russia: Party Formation and the Legacy of the One-Party State 205
Ch. 12 Parties and the Millennium 223
About the Authors 239
Index 243
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