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Party and Democracy: The Uneven Road to Party Legitimacy

Piero Ignazi


The book integrates philosophical, historical, and empirical analyses in order to highlight the profound roots of the limited legitimation of parties in contemporary society. Political parties’ long attempts to gain legitimacy are analysed from a philosophical–historical perspective pinpointing crucial passages in their theoretical and empirical acceptance. The book illustrates the process through which parties first emerged and then achieved full legitimacy in the early twentieth century. It shows how, paradoxically, their role became absolute in the totalitarian regimes of the interwar perio ... More

Keywords: party, legitimacy, democracy, organization, societal change, party and state, party decline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Piero Ignazi, author
Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bologna