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Party System Change: Approaches and Interpretations

Peter Mair


This book looks at how the evidence of change and stability in modern political parties and party systems is interpreted. The emphasis is on western European political parties. The primary focus of the book is on processes of political adaptation and control, but it also concerns how parties and party systems generate their own momentum and ‘freeze’ themselves into place. Amidst the widespread contemporary discussion of the challenge to modern democracy and the crisis for traditional forms of political representation, it offers an emphasis on how party systems survive, and on how change, when ... More

Keywords: change, competition, freezing of party systems, new party systems, party organization, party system change, party systems, persistence, political adaptation, political control, political parties, post-communist Europe, stability, survival, traditional party systems, western Europe, western party systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198295499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mair, author
Netherlands Graduate School of Political Science and International Relations
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