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1st Edition

Democratic Politics and Party Competition

ISBN 9780415599474
Published July 30, 2010 by Routledge
316 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new book introduces innovative research on democracy from the leading Comparative Manifestos Project (CMP).

It details the key achievements of the project to date, illustrates how its findings may be applied, lays out the future challenges it faces and examines how the field as a whole can advance. It also presents a special assessment of the dimensionality of party competition, presenting ways in which research can be extended and related to broader approaches in Political Science and Theory.

Although CMP research is widely used and constitutes the major comparative data set on party positions and ideological location, it is also subject to challenge. The volume therefore provides the reader with a clear sense of the key debates and questions surrounding its work.

This volume also honours the life-time achievement of Professor Ian Budge, who has provided distinguished intellectual leadership for the CMP over the last twenty-five years.

This is an essential point of reference for all comparative research on the functioning of democracies. This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of politics and of democracy in particular.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Comparative Study of Democracy  Part 1. Applications  1. Party Government Formation and Policy Preferences: Keman and Budge Revisited  2. A Common Space for Electors and Parties? Comparing Electoral and Party Position on the Left-Right Continuum  3. Parties in Democracy, Democracy in Parties  4. Party Families and European Parliament Party Groups  5. Do Parties Reflect Public Concerns?  Part 2. Challenges  6. Does the Median Voter Theorem Wipe Out Political Participation?  7. The Dimensionality of Party Ideologies  8. Occam No, Archimedes Yes  9. Political Space and Its Inhabitants  10. 'Party Defined' Spaces Revisited  Part 3. Extensions  11. Why Does Ideology Figure so Little in Vote Models When It Looms so Large in Models of Party Competition?  12. What Do We Want Elections to Do and How Do We Want Them to Do It?  13. Conceptions of Political Tolerance in Great Britain and the United States  14. Preference Shaping Theories  15. Democratic Welfarism and Its Normative Basis

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Judith Bara is a Lecturer in Politics, at Queen Mary, University of London and a Research Fellow in Government at the University of Essex, UK.

Albert Weale is Professor of Government at the University of Essex, UK. He is also co-Editor of the British Journal of Political Science and Fellow of the British Academy.