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Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties$
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Richard S. Katz and Peter Mair

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199586011.001.0001

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Parties and One Another

Parties and One Another

(p.81) 4 Parties and One Another
Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties

Richard S. Katz

Peter Mair

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how over the last decades, not only have mainstream parties become more similar to one another organizationally, they have also become more similar politically. On the one hand, their policy positions have tended to converge (not necessarily toward the electoral median) and they have devoted less attention to the questions that traditionally have defined the left/right axis in politics. On the other hand, they devote more attention to questions of honesty and managerial competence. It is noted that the mainstream parties have also become more flexible and promiscuous when faced with the matter of choosing a coalition partner.

Keywords:   left/right placement, coalition formation, electoral median, policy position, mainstream politics

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