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Party Systems

Herbert Kitschelt

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566020.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Party Systems

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This article conceptualizes party systems as being separate from parties. It identifies the systemic properties of party systems for the comparative-static analysis of competition. It also investigates the historical-evolutionary competitive dynamic of party systems, where a historical-comparative analysis comes into its own beyond the study of formal properties of party systems and competition. This article avoids discussing party systems as independent variables that may account for outputs and outcomes of democratic politics.

Keywords: party systems; systemic properties; comparative-static analysis; competition; historical-evolutionary competitive dynamic; historical-comparative analysis; formal properties

Article.  14437 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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