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Unthinkbale Democracy

Russell J. Dalton and Martin P. Wattenberg

in Parties Without Partisans

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253098
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599026 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253099.003.0001

Series: Comparative Politics

Unthinkbale Democracy

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Discusses the many important functions that parties play within the democratic process, classifying them according to V.O. Key's general framework of parties in the electorate, as organizations, and in government. The chapter then asks whether social and political changes in advanced industrial democracies are eroding these roles. Two competing hypotheses are outlined to possibly account for these trends—dissatisfaction with party performance and the process of modernization.

Keywords: advanced industrial democracies; democracy; electorate; government; V.O. Key Jr; modernization; organizations; party performance; political parties; E.E. Schattschneider

Chapter.  6273 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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