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Political Parties and Democratic Linkage: How Parties Organize Democracy

Russell J. Dalton, David M. Farrell, and Ian McAllister


Is the party over? Parties are the central institutions of representative democracy, but critics increasingly claim that parties are failing to perform their democratic functions. This book assembles cross-national evidence to assess how parties link the individual citizen to the formation of governments and then to government policies. Using the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems and other recent cross-national data, the chapters examine the workings of this party linkage process across established and new democracies. Political parties still dominate the electoral process in shaping the ... More

Keywords: parties, representative democracy, government policies, Left, Right, contemporary democracies, party government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell J. Dalton, author
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine.

David M. Farrell, author
Chair of Politics, and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations.

Ian McAllister, author
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.