We are likely to learn much more by exploring the systems of understudied nations rather than by replicating studies about cases we already know much about
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of political parties and party systems in each of the democratic European microstates, which tend to be relatively more democratic and stable than other party systems. Looking at party system development and institutionalization, the book examines what has caused the stability of microstates’ party systems in the first place and to extract important lessons of how politics work in other "low-scale" political contexts, for instance, at the sub-national level. With chapters provided by leading experts in the field, the book contributes towards scaling down the level of analysis in comparative studies in social sciences that remain state-centred. It concludes with a discussion on the need to bring in microstates in the study of party politics in general.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of party systems and political parties, microstates, elections and democracy, European politics and more broadly to comparative politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Party politics in Microstates
Fernando Casal Bértoa and Patrick Dumont
Part I: First Wave: Old Democracies, Older States
1. Big Fish in a Small Pond: Party Politics in Consociative Luxembourg
Patrick Dumont and Raphael Kies
2. Increasingly Fragmented: Party politics in San Marino, the Oldest World Smallest Democracy
Fernando Casal Bértoa
Part II: Second Wave: New States, Older Democracies
3. A Political Party System in a Flux: Iceland’s Political Culture and Smallness
Baldur Thorhallsson and Ólafur Th. Harðarson
4. Clientelism, Distrust and Party Politics in Micro-states - The Case of Cyprus
Direnç Kanol and George Pirishis
5. Party Politics in Malta: A Microcosm of What Happens Everywhere Else?
Roderick Pace and Marcello Carammia
Part III: Third Wave: Old States, New Democracies
6. Schwarz oder Rot? Dynamics of Party Politics in Liechtenstein
7. Party Institutionalization in Andorra 1993-2016
8. Monaco's Political System: A Result of National Particularities and Foreign Influences
Part IV: Fourth Wave: New Democratic State
9. Party Politics in Montenegro: In the Shadow of the Statehood Issue
Ivan Vuković and Nemanja Braticević
Conclusion: Does it Really Matter?
Patrick Dumont and Fernando Casal Bértoa
Fernando Casal Bértoa is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also co-chair of the Council for European Studies’ "Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections" Research Network and co-director of the ECPR Summer School on "Political Parties".
Patrick Dumont is Researcher at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg. He is co-founder of the Selection and Deselection of Political Elites international network, the ECPR Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership and co-editor of the Routledge Research in Social and Political Elites book series. He is also member of the editorial board of the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, the leading journal of comparative politics in French language.