The Presidentialization of Politics
A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies
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Presidentialization of Politics by Paul Webb
Book Description"The Presidentialization of Politics" shows how democratic political systems are coming to operate according to an essentially presidential logic, irrespective of their formal constitutional make-up. The logic of presidentialization is revealed in the growing power and autonomy of political leaders within political executives and political parties, and in the emergence of increasingly leadership-centred electoral processes. While these developments to some extent reflect the fluctuating contingencies of particular personalities and short-term political contexts, they are more fundamentally explained by processes of long-term structural change affecting state and society. Such processes include the internationalization of political decision-making, the executive's search for enhanced steering capacity over the state, the changing structure of mass communications, and the erosion of traditional political cleavages. The book presents evidence confirming the existence of the presidentialization phenomenon across a heterogeneous mix of established democracies. While there are significant cross-national differences, the overall thesis holds: Modern democracies increasingly follow a presidential logic which renders leaders both more central and more vulnerable, their power and their susceptibility each rooted in the capacity to sustain a personal appeal to mass publics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199252015
(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2005
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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