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The Dynamics of Two-Party Politics: Party Structures and the Management of Competition

Alan Ware


This book examines the role played by the parties themselves in two-party systems. It rejects the argument that the behaviour of the parties is determined largely by social forces or by the supposed logic of the electoral market. Instead, it shows that both structure and agency can matter. It focuses on three major aspects of change in two-party systems: why occasionally major parties collapse; why collapsed parties sometimes survive as minor parties, and sometimes do not; and what determines why, and how, major parties will ally themselves with minor parties in order to maximize their chances ... More

Keywords: political parties, party-systems, two-partism, party collapse, coalitions, party alliances, focal arbiter, leadership, heresthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Ware, author
Professor and Tutor in Politics, Worcester College, Oxford University
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