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Are Political Parties declining?

HAROLD L. WILENSKY

in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0011
Are Political Parties declining?

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This chapter addresses the party decline and analyzes the national variation in dealignment of political parties. It examines whether party decline is peculiarly American or a tendency common to all rich democracies and attempts to explain national variation in both the presence or absence of system erosion and the rate of change. It suggests that both tax-welfare backlash and party dealignment are indicators of a weakened capacity to govern, an erosion of political legitimacy.

Keywords: party decline; dealignment; rich democracies; political parties; tax-welfare backlash; political legitimacy

Chapter.  18660 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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