Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies
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Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies by Paul Webb
Book DescriptionHow relevant and vital are political parties in contemporary democracies? Do they fulfill the functions that any stable and effective democracy might expect of them, or are they little more than moribund anachronisms, relics of a past age of political life, now superseded by other mechanisms of linkage between state and society? These are the central questions which this book aims to address through a rigorous comparative analysis of political parties operating in the world's advanced industrial democracies. Drawing on the expertise of an impressive team of internationally known specialists, the book engages systematically with the evidence to show that, while a degree of popular cynicism towards them is often chronic, though rarely acute, parties have adapted and survived as organizations, remodelling themselves to the needs of an era in which patterns of linkage and communication with social groups have been transformed. This has enabled them to remain central to democratic systems, especially in respect of the political functions of governance, recruitment and, albeit more problematically, interest aggregation. On the other hand, the challenges they face in respect of interest articulation, communication and participation have pushed parties into more marginal roles within Western political systems. The implications of these findings for democracy depend on the observer's normative and theoretical perspectives. Those who understand democracy primarily in terms of popular choice and control in public affairs will probably see parties as continuing to play a central role, while those who place greater store by the more demanding criteria of optimizing interests and instilling civic orientations among citizens are far more likely to be fundamentally critical. Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Vice President and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, International University Bremen, and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Government at Southampton University. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199240555
(242mm x 164mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Webb
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As leader of the Conservative party, David Cameron inherited a multi-faceted gender problem: only 17 women MPs; an unhappy women's organization; electorally uncompetitive policies 'for women'; and a party which was seemingly unattractive to women voters. This book is an account of the feminization of the party since 2005.
Party Politics in New Democracies, Paperback (September 2009)
This book is the sequel to Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Oxford 2002). It offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the world's major new democracies, focusing on Latin America and postcommunist Eastern Europe.
Presidentialization of Politics, Paperback (April 2007)
Leading experts come together to examine the changing role of political parties and political leadership in fourteen modern democracies.
New Directions in Reference, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by Paul Webb
Examines how librarians can use new and innovative methods to design and deliver traditional reference services in a range of settings. Also including case studies, this book is a useful professional resource for public, academic, and special librarians, especially those providing reference services.
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