Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

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Drawing on the expertise of an impressive team of internationally known specialists, the book engages systematically with the evidence to show that, while a degree of popular cynicism towards them is often chronic, though rarely acute, parties have adapted and survived as organizations, remodelling themselves to the needs of an era in which patterns of linkage and communication with social groups have been transformed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199240555
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2003
  • Series: Comparative Politics Series
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Sussex

University of Manchester

City University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction: Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies 1
2 Political Parties in Britain: Secular Decline or Adaptive Resilience? 16
3 Italian Parties: Change and Functionality 46
4 Party Decline in the Parties State? The Changing Environment of German Politics 77
5 France: Never a Golden Age 107
6 The Colour Purple: The End of Predictable Politics in the Low Countries 151
7 The Scandinavian Party Model at the Crossroads 181
8 Party Politics in Ireland: Regularizing a Volatile System 217
9 Spain: Building a Parties State in a New Democracy 248
10 Parties at the European Level 280
11 Still Functional After All These Years: Parties in the United States, 1960-2000 310
12 Canada's Nineteenth-Century Cadre Parties at the Millennium 345
13 Political Parties in Australia: Party Stability in a Utilitarian Society 379
14 Parties and Society in New Zealand 409
15 Conclusion: Political Parties and Democratic Control in Advanced Industrial Societies 438
Index 461
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