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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 Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826447630
Publication date: 8th May 1997
Author: Reuven Y. Hazan
Publisher: Frances Pinter Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies, Political parties, Political structures: democracy,

About Reuven Y. Hazan

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

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