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A Theory of Parties and Electoral Systems by Richard S. (The Johns Hopkins University  ) Katz
  

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A Theory of Parties and Electoral Systems by Richard S. (The Johns Hopkins University ) Katz

Political parties and elections are the mainsprings of modern democracy. In this classic volume, Richard S. Katz explores the problem of how a given electoral system affects the role of political parties and the way in which party members are elected. He develops and tests a theory of the differences in the cohesion, ideological behavior, and issue orientation of Western parliamentary parties on the basis of the electoral systems under which they compete. A standard in the field of political theory and thought, The Theory of Parties and the Electoral System contributes to a better understanding of parliamentary party structures and demonstrates the wide utility of the rationalistic approach for explaining behavior derived from the self-interest of political actors.

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Analytical, careful, and scholarly... it makes an important contribution to theory-building about political parties. * Journal of Politics * This short, well-written comparative treatise deals with the causal relations between electoral structures on one hand and party and campaign behavior on the other. * Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science *


About the Author

Richard S. Katz is a professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Political Institutions in the United States; Party Governments: European and American Experiences; The Patron State: Government and the Arts in Europe, North America, and Japan; and Handbook of Party Politics. He is also coeditor of the European Journal of Political Research.

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Publication date

1st September 2007

Author

Richard S. (The Johns Hopkins University ) Katz

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Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Format

Paperback
168 pages

Categories

Elections & referenda
Political science & theory

ISBN

9780801887598

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