The partisan groups in parliament form the link between mass suffrage, parties and parliaments, and are generally accepted today as necessary instruments of parliamentary business. Parliamentary party groups are central actors in most European democracies. This volume analyses the manifestations and operations of these actors across thirteen different countries and in the European parliament.
'the volume is highly instructive not only in enhancing the reader's knowledge about PPGs and their role in domestic arenas, but also by providing a stimulus to embark on the road of further research.'
'…this book singles out a very relevant problem, develops an accurate methodological frame, and discusses it in a fruitful way, by virtue of an uncommon amount of empirical evidence…is destined to provoke very favourable reactions among political scientists both for its findings and as a good example of comparative research.'
Luca Verzichelli Acta Politica 2000/4