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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage - How Parties Organize Democracy (Hardcover) Loot Price: R2,396
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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage - How Parties Organize Democracy (Hardcover): Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, Ian...

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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage - How Parties Organize Democracy (Hardcover)

Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, Ian McAllister

Series: Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

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Is the party over? Parties are the central institutions of representative democracy, but critics increasingly claim that parties are failing to perform their democratic functions. Political Parties and Democratic Linkage assembles unprecedented cross-national evidence to assess how parties link the individual citizen to the formation of governments and then to government policies. Using the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems and other recent cross-national data, the authors examine the workings of this party linkage process across established and new democracies. Political parties still dominate the electoral process in shaping the discourse of campaigns, the selection of candidates, and mobilizing citizens to vote. Equally striking, parties link citizen preferences to the choice of representatives, with strong congruence between voter and party Left/Right positions. These preferences are then translated in the formation of coalition governments and their policies.
The authors argue that the critics of parties have overlooked the ability of political parties to adapt to changing conditions in order to perform their crucial linkage functions. As the context of politics and societies have changed, so too have political parties. Political Parties and DemocraticLinkage argues that the process of party government is alive and well in most contemporary democracies.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
Release date: September 2011
First published: December 2011
Authors: Russell J. Dalton • David M. Farrell • Ian McAllister
Dimensions: 236 x 151 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 258
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-959935-6
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Comparative politics
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political parties
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes > Democracy
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political parties > General
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LSN: 0-19-959935-1
Barcode: 9780199599356

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