Changing Party Systems in Western Europe
David Broughton, Mark Donovan
A&C Black, Jan 4, 1999 - Political Science - 315 pages
This is an analysis of the changing pressures and demands placed on party systems in 11 countries in Western Europe since 1945. This book includes studies of the party system in Britain, France, Italy and Germany, as well as studies of Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. Five major themes are examined in each chapter. First, the broad development of the party system is accompanied by a discussion of how different party system typologies have been applied to each country. Secondly, a detailed discussion of the historical background to party system developments is provided, dealing with the main divisions derived from the typology of Lipset and Rokkan. Thirdly, the most important contextual variables are considered in terms of the "electoral environment" within which the party system operates. Next, consideration is given to the degree of "unfreezing" of the party system since 1945 and the changing balance between stability and change. Finally, major questions of change and adaptation are examined, updating the text.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
1 Introduction and Guide to Key Sources and Texts
TwoParty Equilibrium or the Emergence of Moderate Pluralism?
A Party System Transformed?
Living with Instability
Rupture and Regeneration?
From Hyperstability to Change?
From Moderate to Polarized Pluralism?
A Mild Case of Electoral Instability Syndrome?
Resilience Amidst Change
Other editions - View all
Anibal Cavaco Silva Austrian beneﬁt bloc Catholic CDU/CSU cent Centre Party Christian Democratic Appeal Christian Democrats cleavage coalition Communist conﬁrmed conﬂict conservative constitutional core parties dealignment decline deﬁned democracy Democrats 66 dominant Dutch economic election results electoral alliances electoral system electoral volatility elites emergence European Fianna Fail ﬁgures Fine Gael ﬁrst ﬁve Flemish formation Gael grand coalition Greens groups identiﬁed ideological inﬂuence issues Italian Labour Party Lager leader Left Left—Right Liberals Mair major parties membership moderate multi-party number of parties ofﬁce organizational organizations parliament parliamentary party competition party politics party system party system change party’s People’s Party period pluralism polarization political parties post-war PSOE radical reﬂected reform Republic Right Riksdag role Sartori’s seats signiﬁcant signiﬁcantly social democratic Socialist Party speciﬁc stability strategy structure tion traditional parties transformation two-party Union vote voters Wallonia Western