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Party Politics in European Microstates

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ISBN 9781138634497
November 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book represents the first comprehensive study of the evolution of parties and party systems in all nine democratic European states with less than one million inhabitants.

As small political units have for long been considered to be most conducive to stable democracy, this volume analyses the actual role of political parties and partisan competition in the operation of modern democracy in those European microstates. Drawing on the crucial contribution of leading country experts in the field, it provides rich, systematic contextualized knowledge on these lesser-known cases. It further contributes to the mainstreaming of small state research in social science studies by comparing the experience of party politics in European microstates with that of larger countries in the same region of the world.

This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of party systems and political parties, elections and democracy, small states, European politics and more broadly of comparative politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Party Politics in European Microstates: One Step towards Mainstreaming

Patrick Dumont

1. San Marino’s Increasing Instability: Politics in the Oldest, Smallest Party Democracy in the World

Fernando Casal Bértoa

2. Party Politics in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Wouter Veedendaal

3. Monaco’s Political System: National Particularities and Foreign Influences

Félicitas Guillot

4. The Evolution of Andorra’s Party System: From Parties of ‘Notables’ to a Predominant Party System

Juli Minoves-Triquell

5. A Political Party System in Flux: Iceland’s Political Culture and Smallness

Baldur Thorhallsson and Ólafur Th. Harðarson

6. Malta: Party Politics in a Small Island State

Marcelo Carammia and Roderick Pace

7. Party Politics in Luxembourg: Stable, Consensual and Pragmatic

Patrick Dumont, Raphaël Kies and Dan Schmit

8. Party Politics in Montenegro: in the Shadow of the Statehood Issue

Ivan Vuković and Nemanja Batrićević

9. Nationalism, Clientelism and Anti-politics: Party Politics in the Republic of Cyprus

Direnç Kanol and George Pirishis

Conclusion - Party Politics in European Microstates: Similar but Different

Fernando Casal Bértoa

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Fernando Casal Bértoa is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Patrick Dumont is Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations of The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.