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Why Dominant Parties Lose Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0521877199

ISBN-13: 9780521877190

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kenneth F. Greene

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Why have dominant parties persisted in power for decades in countries spread across the globe? Why did most eventually lose? Why Dominant Parties Lose develops a theory of single-party dominance, its durability, and its breakdown into fully competitive democracy. Greene shows that dominant parties turn public resources into patronage goods to bias electoral competition in their favor and virtually win elections before election day without resorting to electoral fraud or bone-crushing repression. Opposition parties fail because their resource disadvantages force them to form as niche parties with appeals that are out of step with the average voter. When the political economy of dominance erodes, the partisan playing field becomes fairer and opposition parties can expand into catchall competitors that threaten the dominant party at the polls. Greene uses this argument to show why Mexico transformed from a dominant party authoritarian regime under PRI rule to a fully competitive democracy.
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Book details

List price: $108.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
The Puzzle of Single-Party Dominance
The Macro-Perspective
A Theory of Single-Party Dominance and Opposition Party Development
Dominant Party Advantages and Opposition Party Failure, 1930s-1990s
The Micro-Perspective
Why Participate? A Theory of Elite Activism in Dominant Party Systems
The Empirical Dynamics of Elite Activism
Implications
Constrained to the Core: Opposition Party Organizations, 1980s-1990s
Dominance Defeated: Voting Behavior in the 2000 Elections
Extending the Argument to Italy, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan
Conclusions and Implications
References
Index