When Parties Prosper

When Parties Prosper : The Uses of Electoral Success

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Have parties, and party systems, come back to life in the twenty-first century? Are they capable of playing their roles in ways that will foster rather than betray the public interest? These are among the questions explored in "When Parties Prosper", a richly comparative, up-to-date, and accessible study of political parties in power in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Each country study in the book reviews the country's political history, describes its present party system, provides a detailed study of the one or two most powerful parties in the system, and evaluates the impact the parties have on government efficacy, stability, and democratic legitimacy. Two broadly comparative chapters highlight differences and similarities across the countries. Following a common structure, the authors offer answers to their core questions - but they are answers that are sure to stimulate discussion, disagreement, and reassessment.show more

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  • Hardback | 365 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 158826534X
  • 9781588265340

About Kay Lawson

Kay Lawson is professor emerita of political science at San Francisco State University. She is author of numerous books and articles on political parties, including When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations, coedited with Peter H. Merkl, and her textbook The Human Polity: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science is now in its fifth edition. Peter H. Merkl is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Among his recent publications are Rightwing Extremism in the Twenty-first Century and The Rift Between America and the Old Europe: The Distracted Eagle.show more

Table of contents

Political Parties in the Twenty-First Century - K. Lawson and P.H. Merkl. Parties on the Left. Britain's New Labour Party: Prospering in an Antiparty Climate - D. McKay. Sweden: Still a Stable Party System? - T. Moller. European Social Democracy: Failing Successfully - W.E. Paterson and J. Sloam. Poland's Democratic Left Alliance: Beyond the Postcommunist Succession - H. Kubiak. The Lithuanian Social Democrats: A Prosperous Postcommunist Party - A. Krupavicius. The Uruguayan Party System: Transition within Transition - J. Lanzaro. Parties on the Right. Germany's Christian Democrats: Survivors in a Secular Society - F. Bosch. Japan: Why Parties Fail, Yet Survive - H. Fukui. Russia's Political Parties: Deep in the Shadow of the President - A. Kulik. Mexico: Helping the Opposition Prosper - M. Martinez. Israel's Shas: Party Prosperity and Dubious Democracy - Y. Yishai. The Chilean Independent Democratic Union: From Individual Politics to Party Militancy - A. Joignant and P. Navia. Comparing Opposing Parties. Italy: A Tale of Two Parties - G. Pasquino. France: Antisystem vs. Government Parties - F. Haegel and M. Lazar. The US Two-Party System: Using Power to Prosper - R. Kolodny. Conclusion. Becoming the Party of Government - P.H. Merkl. When Parties Dedemocrarize - K. Lawson.show more

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