Political Parties and Party Systems

ISBN-10: 019878077X

ISBN-13: 9780198780779

Edition: 1996

Authors: Alan Ware

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This work is an introduction to the study of political parties and party systems. It focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on liberal democracies through a comparative approach. The aim of Political Parties and Party Systems is to explain to students of politics how and why parties and party systems differ from one country to another. However, it also seeks to provide a more detailed understanding of party politics in five particular countries. Most of the chapters are divided into two sections. First, general themes and arguments about a topic are introduced, and examples from a large number of countries are discussed in relation to that topic. Then, particular attention is paid to five of the largest liberal democracies--Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 454
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Alan Ware is a professor and tutor in Politics at Worcester College, Oxford University. He has authored seven previous books and edited six books. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals. His most recent book, The American Direct Primary, was published in 2002, and Political Parties and Party Systems was recently translated into Spanish. He serves on the Editorial Boards for Party Politics and Democratization.

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About This Book
Parties and Ideology
Supporters, Members, and Activists
Party Organizations
Parties in Non-Liberal-Democratic Regimes
The Classification of Party Systems
Why Party Systems Differ
Stability and Change in Party Systems
Party Systems in Non-Liberal-Democratic Regimes
The Selection of Candidates and Leaders
Campaigning for Election
Voter Choice and Government Formation
Parties in Government
App. 1. France
App. 2. Germany
App. 3. Great Britain
App. 4. Japan
App. 5. United States
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