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Centre Parties Polarization and Competition in European Parliamentary Democracies by Reuven Y. Hazan

Centre Parties Polarization and Competition in European Parliamentary Democracies


Centre Parties Polarization and Competition in European Parliamentary Democracies by Reuven Y. Hazan

What kind of impact do centre parties have in parliamentary democracies? How does the existence and growth of centre parties affect party system polarization, electoral competition and government stability? This text reassesses the perception of centre parties as a force of moderation. The author argues that this intuitive judgement, which has become accepted by political scientists is dubious, if not incorrect. He examines contemporary centre parties in Europe and asserts that the opposing tendency of centre parties contributes to party system polarization.

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Reuven Y. Hazan is a lecturer in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Publication date

8th May 1997


Reuven Y. Hazan

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Frances Pinter Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies
Political parties
Political structures: democracy



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