The Emergence of Parties and Party Systems

Carles Boix

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Emergence of Parties and Party Systems

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This article discusses the emergence of parties and party systems. It summarizes the two main competing explanations of party systems, which are the neo-institutionalist research agenda and the historical-sociological literature. It then evaluates their strengths and limitations. The last two sections are focused on a new method of restructuring the way people think about how parties emerged. This method eventually integrates both approaches within a broad analytical framework.

Keywords: parties; party systems; neo-institutionalist research agenda; historical-sociological literature; analytical framework; strengths; limitations

Article.  11050 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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