A Theory of Parties and Electoral Systems
By (author) Richard S. Katz
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Theory of Parties and Electoral Systems by Richard S. Katz
Book DescriptionPolitical parties and elections are the mainsprings of modern democracy. In this classic volume, Richard S. Katz explores the problem of how a given electoral system affects the role of political parties and the way in which party members are elected. He develops and tests a theory of the differences in the cohesion, ideological behavior, and issue orientation of Western parliamentary parties on the basis of the electoral systems under which they compete. A standard in the field of political theory and thought, The Theory of Parties and the Electoral System contributes to a better understanding of parliamentary party structures and demonstrates the wide utility of the rationalistic approach for explaining behavior derived from the self-interest of political actors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801887598
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard S. Katz
Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy, Hardback (February 2013)
The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy provides a comprehensive examination of the costs and benefits of intra-party democracy and the issues parties must contend with in setting their own organizational norms.
Political Institutions in the United States, Paperback (November 2006)
This book helps students to understand American politics by guiding them through the different institutions of American government. It covers the electoral and party systems, the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, and the division of powers between the federal government and the states.
Handbook of Party Politics, Hardback (January 2006)
Political parties are indispensable to democracy and a central subject of research and study in political science around the world. This handbook maps the developments in party politics scholarship. It also addresses some topics to be addressed in nationally or regionally specific ways.
European Parliament, the National Parliaments, and European Integration, Hardback (June 1999)» View all books by Richard S. Katz
This book examines the major problems and prospects of the ongoing process of European integration by focusing on the role of the European and national parliaments and their members. It offers a 'view from within' and new insight and answers to institutional problems in the European Union and the so-called democratic deficit.
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Author Biography - Richard S. Katz
Richard S. Katz is a professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Political Institutions in the United States; Party Governments: European and American Experiences; The Patron State: Government and the Arts in Europe, North America, and Japan; and Handbook of Party Politics. He is also coeditor of the European Journal of Political Research.
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