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Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges

Richard Gunther, José Ramón Montero, and Juan J. Linz


This book is one in a series (Comparative Politics) for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. After an introduction, it has 11 contributions from leading scholars in the field, which present a critical overview of much of the recent literature on political parties, and systematically assess the capacity of existing concepts, typologies, and methodological approaches to deal with contemporary parties. The book critically analyses the ‘decline of parties’ literature, both from a conceptual perspective and—with regar ... More

Keywords: antiparty attitudes, attitudes to parties, corruption, democracy, electoral competition, methodology, party competition, party conceptualization, party decline, party linkages, party models, party organization, party patronage, party typologies, political parties, rational choice; standard party models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Gunther, editor
Professor, Political Science, Ohio State University
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José Ramón Montero, editor
Professor, Political Science, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
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Juan J. Linz, editor
Sterling Professor, Emeritus, of Political and Social Science, Yale University
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