When Political Parties Die: A Cross-National Analysis of Disalignment and Realignment

When Political Parties Die: A Cross-National Analysis of Disalignment and Realignment

by Charles S. Mack
ISBN-10:
0313385467
ISBN-13:
9780313385469
Pub. Date:
08/30/2010
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Overview

When Political Parties Die: A Cross-National Analysis of Disalignment and Realignment

This book presents a theory of political disalignment and a revised theory of party realignment, using four case studies from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy to illustrate these concepts.

• Includes a schematic presenting a novel theoretical organization of voters, applicable to the electorate of any democracy

• The bibliography contains a reference list of important and pertinent works on party systems, leadership and realignment, as well as on the politics of pre-Civil War America; Britain after World War I, Italy after World War II, and the full scope of Canadian politics

• Contains over 50 tables showing voter behavior in each of the four case studies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313385469
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2010
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Kirk BuckmanDepartment of Political ScienceUniversity of New Hampshire

"Dr. Mack makes an important contribution to developing a paradigm for explaining why political parties die and party systems realign. In the process of applying his theory of 'disalignment' to 21st Century American politics, Dr. Mack strengthens our understanding of the dynamics behind the stability and transformation of political parties and party systems."

Pierre Martin

"The demise of a major political party is a rare and fascinating phenomenon which has received little attention in the scholarly literature. This important book brilliantly fills the gap by developing an original theory of realignment and disalignment that will certainly raise some controversy. Stressing the decisive role of party leadership in alienating core voters and the impact of the electoral system, Charles Mack provides an insightful and comprehensive comparative study which refers to historical institutionalism by pointing out that disalignments and realignments constitute critical junctures leading to new developmental paths."

John Kenneth White

"For decades, much attention has been paid to the notion of party realignment—i.e., how parties acquire enduring majorities. Charles S. Mack is doing something equally important. By looking at how parties die, he provides us with a rich knowledge of the conditions that make such powerful events possible and, in so doing, tells us much about the relationships between voters and parties."

William Crotty

"A new and original addition to the study of realignment and more pronouncedly disalignment. Dr. Mack's analysis includes both North American (the United States and Canada) and Western European (Britain and Italy primarily) party systems and systematically tests the proposition that a disalignment results from a fracture or rupture that takes place between a party's core support groups and its leadership or is fueled by an atypical cleavage issue. Realignments deal more with medial voters and in broad canvas constitute a change in relationships more conceptually familiar to social scientists. The study is a most impressive and creative exercise that makes an innovative contribution to our understanding of political change."

William Crotty

"A new and original addition to the study of realignment and more pronouncedly disalignment. Dr. Mack's analysis includes both North American (the United States and Canada) and Western European (Britain and Italy primarily) party systems and systematically tests the proposition that a disalignment results from a fracture or rupture that takes place between a party's core support groups and its leadership or is fueled by an atypical cleavage issue. Realignments deal more with medial voters and in broad canvas constitute a change in relationships more conceptually familiar to social scientists. The study is a most impressive and creative exercise that makes an innovative contribution to our understanding of political change."

William Crotty, Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Public Life, and Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University

A. James Reichley

"Charles Mack's groundbreaking study of what he calls 'party disalignment' -- defined as the actual destruction of major political parties and in one case an entire party system -- provides fresh insights on the much debated topics of party realignment and dealignment. Mack offers both rigorous structural analysis and richly presented case histories of disalignments in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Italy. His findings are relevant to current political developments in many Western democracies. The result is a feast for scholars and a good read for all political junkies."

A. James Reichley, author of The Life of the Parties

Dr. Kirk Buckman Department of Political Science University of New Hampshire

"Dr. Mack makes an important contribution to developing a paradigm for explaining why political parties die and party systems realign. In the process of applying his theory of 'disalignment' to 21st Century American politics, Dr. Mack strengthens our understanding of the dynamics behind the stability and transformation of political parties and party systems."

Pierre Martin

"The demise of a major political party is a rare and fascinating phenomenon which has received little attention in the scholarly literature. This important book brilliantly fills the gap by developing an original theory of realignment and disalignment that will certainly raise some controversy. Stressing the decisive role of party leadership in alienating core voters and the impact of the electoral system, Charles Mack provides an insightful and comprehensive comparative study which refers to historical institutionalism by pointing out that disalignments and realignments constitute critical junctures leading to new developmental paths."

Pierre Martin, Research Fellow at Sciences Po Grenoble (France) and author of numerous books on electoral systems and realignment theory

John Kenneth White

"For decades, much attention has been paid to the notion of party realignment--i.e., how parties acquire enduring majorities. Charles S. Mack is doing something equally important. By looking at how parties die, he provides us with a rich knowledge of the conditions that make such powerful events possible and, in so doing, tells us much about the relationships between voters and parties."

John Kenneth White, Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America

A. James Reichley

"Charles Mack's groundbreaking study of what he calls 'party disalignment' — defined as the actual destruction of major political parties and in one case an entire party system — provides fresh insights on the much debated topics of party realignment and dealignment. Mack offers both rigorous structural analysis and richly presented case histories of disalignments in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Italy. His findings are relevant to current political developments in many Western democracies. The result is a feast for scholars and a good read for all political junkies."

Dr. Kirk Buckman Department of Political Science University of New Hampshire

"Dr. Mack makes an important contribution to developing a paradigm for explaining why political parties die and party systems realign. In the process of applying his theory of 'disalignment' to 21st Century American politics, Dr. Mack strengthens our understanding of the dynamics behind the stability and transformation of political parties and party systems."

Dr. Kirk Buckman Department of Political Science University of New Hampshire, Durham

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