Policy, Office, or Votes?
How Political Parties in Western Europe Make Hard Decisions
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Policy, Office, or Votes? by Wolfgang C. Muller
Book DescriptionLeaders of political parties often have to choose between conflicting objectives, such as influence on policy, control of the government, and support among the voters. This book examines the behaviour of political parties in situations where they experience conflict between two or more important objectives. The volume contains a theoretical introduction and case studies of party leaders in Germany, Italy, France and Spain as well as six smaller European democracies. Each case focuses on the behaviour of one of several parties in situations of goal conflict, such as the 'historic compromise' in Italy, the 1982 Wende in West Germany, the making of the new Swedish constitution in the 1970s, and the termination of the Austrian 'black-red' grand coalition. In their conclusions, the editors discuss how such leadership decisions can be understood and examine the causes of different choices among party leaders.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521631358
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wolfgang C. Muller
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This is the most ambitious and comprehensive account of the institutions of democratic delegation in West European parliamentary democracies. An international team of contributors provides unprecedented cross-national investigations of West European political institutions from 1945 until the present day.
Political Parties and Electoral Change, Paperback (May 2004)
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Coalition Governments in Western Europe, Paperback (June 2003)» View all books by Wolfgang C. Muller
Widely hailed on publication as the definitive analysis of one of the major features of the European political landscape, this immediate classic is now available in paperback for the first time. An essential resource for all those working on European politics.
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