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Comparing Party System Change by Jan-Erik Lane, Paul Pennings

By Jan-Erik Lane, Paul Pennings

This quantity brings jointly comparative reports and in-depth case stories that learn the variety of celebration procedure switch in Europe. In so doing it provides a version for switch which demanding situations orthodox perspectives of political evolution.

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This chapter develops a few analytical considerations and devises the corresponding empirical indicators about the governmental role of political parties within their party system. One way to characterize past and present party systems is to look at the way in which such a governmental role is distributed among their constitutive units: whether it is concentrated on only a few such units or is distributed more or less equally among all of them. The rationale for this exercise is offered by the rather unsatisfactory conceptualization and poor measurement of this governmental role.

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