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Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties

Richard S. Katz and Peter Mair


Political parties have long been recognized as essential institutions of democratic governance. Both the organization of parties, and their relationships with citizens, the state, and each other have evolved since the rise of liberal democracy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Going into the twenty-first century, it appears that parties are losing popular support, putting both parties, and potentially democracy, in peril. This book traces the evolution of parties from the model of the mass party, through the catch-all party model, to argue that by the late twentieth century the ... More

Keywords: political parties, cartel party, democracy, representation, populism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199586011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard S. Katz, author
Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Peter Mair, author
formerly Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute