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Beyond the Catch‐All Party: Approaches to the Study of Parties and Party Organization in Contemporary Democracies

Steven B. Wolinetz

in Political Parties

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246742.003.0006

Series: Comparative Politics

 Beyond the Catch‐All Party: Approaches to the Study of Parties and Party Organization in Contemporary Democracies

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There are good reasons for re‐examining existing classifications of parties and seeing if others can be developed. However, reworking categories is a complex process, requiring further research and interaction between theory and data. This chapter is a preliminary effort, and focuses primarily on parties in established liberal democracies. The first half examines the adequacy of existing party categories in light of the literature in sections entitled: Categories and concepts in the comparative literature; Cadre versus mass parties; and Parties of mass integration, catch‐all parties, and beyond’ (to the cartel party). The second half considers ways in which contemporary parties might be compared in sections entitled: New bases for classification? Vote‐seeking, office‐seeking, and policy‐seeking parties; and Patterns of change in Western European parties.

Keywords: cadre party; cartel party; catch‐all party; contemporary democracies; contemporary parties; liberal democracies; mass party; office‐seeking parties; party categories; party change; party classification; policy‐seeking parties; political parties; vote‐seeking parties; Western Europe

Chapter.  12985 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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