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Description - The Nature of Party Government by Jean Blondel

This study examines relationships between governments and supporting parties on a comparative European basis. The text does so at the level of principles: there is a major conflict between governments, which should govern, and parties, which being representative, wish to shape the way governments operate. The book studies relationships empirically as well: it shows that they occur on three planes - appointments, policy making and patronage - and assesses the extent of two-way influence, from parties to governments and from governments to parties.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333681992
ISBN-10: 0333681991
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 241
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jean Blondel

JEAN BLONDEL is Professor of Political Science at the European University Institute in Florence and is external Professor attached to its Schuman Centre. He is the author of several books on government, among them, World Leaders, Government Ministers in the Contemporary World, Comparative Government, and co-editor (with M.Cotta) of Party and Government. - MAURIZIO COTTA is Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence. He has written on parliamentary institutions and legislative recruitment in Italian politics and on governments. He was co-editor (with J. Blondel) of Party and Government (1996) and Parliamentary Representatives in Europe.

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