Political Parties In and Out of Legislatures

John H. Aldrich

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Political Parties In and Out of Legislatures


This article discusses political parties, specifically those that are in and out of legislatures. It first views political parties as institutions and moves on to the party systems. It then considers the two major arenas of action for the political party and considers two core questions about the value of the political party for citizens and for politicians.

Keywords: political parties; legislatures; institutions; party systems; arenas of action; value; citizens; politicians

Article.  10341 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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