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Contemporary party politics

Author: Robin T Pettitt
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
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A systematic and comprehensive introduction to contemporary party politics in democratic states and evaluation of whether, and to what extent, parties are - as is often claimed - in crisis or decline.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin T Pettitt
ISBN: 9780230237797 0230237797 9780230237803 0230237800
OCLC Number: 888022594
Notes: Formerly CIP.
Description: xii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
Defining `political party' --
The three faces of party organisations --
The structure of parties --
The role of parties in democratic states --
The crisis of parties --
Outline of the book --
2. Party Systems --
The importance of understanding party systems --
Early approaches to party systems --
Party system typologies --
The effective number of parties --
Explaining party system variation --
Which party system is best? --
Conclusion --
3. Theories of Party Development --
The `internal' and `external' origins of parties --
An alternative view of the emergence of political parties --
Understanding party types --
Cadre parties to mass parties --
Challenging the mass party model: the catch-all party --
Organisational consequences of the catch-all party: the electoral-professional party model --
The cartel party --
Conclusion: Beyond the cartel --
beyond party types? --
4. Ideology --
On ideology and party politics. Contents note continued: Political cleavages --
Party families --
Ideology in contemporary European party politics --
Party ideology beyond Europe --
United States --
India --
Africa --
Conclusion --
5. Party Members, Activists and Supporters --
Defining party member, activist and supporter --
The rise (and fall?) of party members --
Why members? --
Party membership incentives: supply --
Leadership incentives: demand --
The costs of a membership organisation --
Explaining and reversing decline --
The effects of membership decline --
Conclusion --
6. Candidate Selection --
The importance of candidate selection --
Selecting candidates --
The political system --
National legislation --
The candidate selection process: impact of different methods --
Territorial (de- ) centralisation and in/exclusiveness of the selectorate --
Supply and demand --
Supply --
Demand --
Conclusion --
7. Policy Making --
Who should be involved? --
The normative argument against intra-party democracy. Contents note continued: The normative argument for intra-party democracy --
Pragmatic arguments against intra-party democracy --
Pragmatic argument for intra-party democracy --
Who can be involved in policy making? --
Who wants to be involved in policy making? --
Who are involved in policy making? --
Conclusion --
8. Campaigning --
How campaigning has changed --
First era --
Second Era --
Third Era --
The limits of change --
Drivers of change --
Social changes --
Technological change --
Party-specific issues --
Impact of changes --
Financing --
Conclusion --
9. Government --
Deciding to aim for government office --
Getting into government --
coalitions --
Factors impacting on coalition formation --
Portfolio allocation --
Conclusion --
10. The Internationalisation of Party Politics --
Party Internationals --
The First, Second, Fourth and Socialist Internationals --
The Liberal International --
International Democratic Union --
Communist International (Comintern) --
Europarties. Contents note continued: The Development of Europarties --
Limits to the development of Europarties --
Parties and globalization --
The internationalisation of campaign consultancy --
Conclusion --
11. The Future of Party Politics --
Future direction in the study of political parties --
Are parties in crisis?
Responsibility: Robin T. Pettitt.

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