Political Parties and Democracy
|Publication Date: 07/2010|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
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|Hardcover|| ||$44.95|| ||978-0-313-38316-8|
Volume II: Europe
Kay Lawson, General Editor and Volume Editor
Native scholars offer clearly written coverage of the relationship between political parties and democracy in the nations of Europe.
Political parties and democracy seem to have an innate relationship. Yet, most scholarship on political parties has little to say about the nuts and bolts of how the two are related, while most scholarship on democracy and democratization says little about specific political parties. Political Parties and Democracy was written to explore and clarify that relationship as it occurs in 46 nations around the world.
Political Parties and Democracy: Volume II: Europe is the second volume in this five-volume set. It offers clearly written, up-to-date coverage of the political parties of this diverse region from the unique perspective of distinguished indigenous scholars who have lived the truths they tell and, thus, write with unique breadth, depth, and scope.
Presented in two parts, this volume first discusses the political parties in Western Europe, devoting a chapter each to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Norway. It then explores the realities on the ground in Eastern Europe with chapters on Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Throughout, contributors explore the relationship between political parties and democracy (or democratization) in their respective nations, providing necessary historical, socioeconomic, and institutional context, and clarifying the balance of power among parties—and between them and competing agencies of power—today.
• Draws on current research to cover the relationship between parties and democracy in each nation, offering specific details on how they contribute to each other and how the absence of strength in parties weakens the practice of democracy and vice versa
• Gives full attention to context, including history, constitutional structures, other institutions, and political struggles both in elections and with other agencies of power
• Is accessibly written by distinguished indigenous scholars who lived the events and conditions they discuss
Kay Lawson is professor emerita of political science at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. She was a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, 1992-2000, and coeditor of the International Political Science Review 2000-2009. She is general editor of two series, Praeger's Political Parties in Context and Perspectives in Comparative Politics. She is the author of numerous books and articles on political parties, including The Comparative Study of Political Parties and editor of many others, including Political Parties and Linkage: A Comparative Perspective; When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations; and When Parties Prosper: The Uses of Electoral Success. Her textbook, The Human Polity: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science, is now in its fifth edition. In 2003 she received the Samuel J. Eldersfeld Career Achievement Award of the Section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.
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