Parties at the Core of Government

Kaare Strøm

in Parties Without Partisans

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253098
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599026 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Parties at the Core of Government

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Examines whether the behaviour of parties in cabinet formation and in control of the executive branch have changed over time. The evidence indicates that parties remain entrenched in the core of the executives studied, but party control seems to wane the further we move from this institution. The chapter concludes by examining the implications such changes have on the primacy of parties in government, arguing that among the several alternatives to representative democracy, pluralist democracy seems to be the most likely alternative to party government.

Keywords: cabinet formation; corporatism; direct democracy; executive branch; government; legislative parties; pluralist democracy; political parties; representative democracy

Chapter.  12439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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