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

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199599356.001.0001

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Party Policies and Policy Outputs

Party Policies and Policy Outputs

(p.193) 8 Party Policies and Policy Outputs
Political Parties and Democratic Linkage

Russell J. Dalton

David M. Farrell

Ian McAllister

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws on OECD data to examine how the constellation of parties in office can impact on the policy outputs of the government. It first describes how the party government model leads to parties functioning like unitary actors that produce nearly unanimous policy voting. It then outlines the literature on the role that parties can play in shaping policy, and looks at how we measure policy and its relationship to voters' and government positions on the Left-Right dimension. Finally, the chapter draws these themes together to determine what they tell us about how parties operate to attract votes, and the role of policy in the electoral equation.

Keywords:   political parties, policy development, party government model, policy voting

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