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Comparative European Party Systems

An Analysis of Parliamentary Elections Since 1945, 2nd Edition

By Alan Siaroff

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568 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Description

Comparative European Party Systems, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive analysis across 48 party systems of party competition, electoral systems and their effects, and the classification of party systems and governments from 1945 through late-2018.

The book consists of three parts. Part I provides a comparative and quantitative overview of party systems according to party families, patterns of party competition, electoral systems and their effects, and classification of party systems and governments. Part II consists of 38 detailed country profiles of longstanding democracies and of the European Union (plus nine profiles on regions such as in Spain and the UK), providing essential detail on the electoral systems, parties, party patterns and systems, dimensions of political competition, and governments. Part III provides an analysis of 10 additional country profiles of oscillating regimes such as Russia, Ukraine, and Balkan and Transcaucasus states.

Comparative European Party Systems provides an excellent overview of topical issues incomparative election and party system research and presents a wealth of information and quantitative data. It is a crucial reference for scholars and students of European and comparative politics, elections, electoral systems, and parties and party systems.

Reviews

"Alan Siaroff’s Comparative European Party Systems is a gold mine for anyone who wants to develop a deeper understanding of the rules and the players in Europe’s political competition and who has won and lost over the long run. Siaroff handles complex political science concepts and a massive stockpile of data with an elegance that sharpens and clarifies underlying patterns that we all need to understand."Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University, USA.

"Packed with extensive and systematic empirical detail missing from most monographs, Alan Siaroff charts, measures and categorizes party systems across the continent. Comparative European Party Systems is a valuable resource and deserves a place on the bookshelves of all political scientists studying Europe." - Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham, UK.

"This book offers an insightful overview of parliamentary elections and party systems change in Europe, since 1945. It should be suggested reading for students of European political systems." - Eugenio Pizzimenti, Università di Pisa, Italy.

Table of Contents

Part I: Comparative Analysis

1. Introduction and Context

2. Data on Elections

3. Classifying Party Patterns and Party Systems

4. Electoral Systems and Their Effects

5. Governments and Party Types

Part II: Individual Case Analyses of Longstanding Democracies

Andorra

Austria

Belgium

Flanders

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus (Greek)

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Faroe Islands

Estonia

Finland

France

Corsica

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Republic of Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Montenegro

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

San Marino

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Basque Country

Catalonia

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

European Union

Part III: Individual Case Analyses of Oscillating Regimes

Albania

Armenia

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Georgia

Kosovo

Macedonia

Moldova

Monaco

Russia

Ukraine

About the Author

Alan Siaroff is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory