Centre Parties: Polarization and Competition in European Parliamentary Democracies

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 1997 - Political Science - 179 pages
What kind of impact do centre parties have in parliamentary democracies? How does the existence and growth of centre parties affect party system polarization, electoral competition and government stability? This text reassesses the perception of centre parties as a force of moderation. The author argues that this intuitive judgement, which has become accepted by political scientists is dubious, if not incorrect. He examines contemporary centre parties in Europe and asserts that the opposing tendency of centre parties contributes to party system polarization.
 

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Contents

Centre Parties Party Systems Electoral Competition
3
What is a Centre Party?
20
Assessing a Relationship
41
Generating a Model
53
Testing Movement of Voter Support
60
Examining Shifts in Party Positions
76
Denmark and The Netherlands 194590
89
Unidimensionality Centre and Extreme Parties
107
A Static Exploration
120
A Dynamic Investigation
130
Refining the Model
145
Applications for Party Systems Electoral Competition
158
Index
177
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Reuven Y. Hazan is a lecturer in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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