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Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems

Learning to Lose, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph Wong, Edward Friedman


300 pages

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This is a path-breaking study by leading scholars of comparative politics examining the internal transformations of dominant parties in both authoritarian and democratic settings. The principle question examined in this book is what happens to dominant political parties when they lose or face the very real prospect of losing? Using country-specific case studies, top-rank analysts in the field focus on the lessons that dominant parties might learn from losing and the adaptations they consequently make in order to survive, to remain competitive or to ultimately re-gain power.

Providing historical based, comparative research on issues of theoretical importance, Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems will be invaluable reading for students and scholars of comparative politics, international politics and political parties.

Table of Contents

1. Learning to Lose: Dominant Parties, Dominant Party Systems, and Their Transitions Edward Friedman & Joseph Wong 2. Congress Learns to Lose: From a One-Party Dominant to a Multiparty System in India Susanne Hoeber Rudolph & Lloyd I. Rudolph 3. A House Divided Against Itself: The PRI’s Survival Strategy After Hegemony Frederico Estevez, Alberto Diaz-Cayeros & Beatriz Magaloni 4. Maintaining KMT Dominance: Party Adaptation in Authoritarian and Democratic Taiwan Joseph Wong 5. The Master is Gone, but does the House still Stand? The Fate of Single-Party Systems after the Defeat of Single Parties in West Africa Cedric Jourde 6. The Communist Exit in East Central Europe and Its Consequences Anna Grzymala-Busse 7. Learning to Lose’ is For Losers: The Japanese LDP’s Reform Struggle T.J. Pempel 8. Embracing Defeat: The KMT and the PRI after 2000 Tun-jen Cheng 9. Learning to Lose (and Sometimes Win): The Neocommunist Parties in Post Soviet Politics John Ishiyama 10. Defeat in Victory, Victory in Defeat: The Korean Conservatives in Democratic Consolidation Byung-Kook Kim 11. Learning to Lose, Learning to Win: Government and Opposition in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy Antoinette Handley, Christina Murray & Richard Simeon 12. Learning to Lose? Not if UMNO Can Help It Diane K. Mauzy and Shane J. Barter 13. Singapore "Exceptionalism"? Authoritarian Rule and State Transformation Garry Rodan 14. Why the Dominant Party in China Won’t Lose Edward Friedman 15. Dominant Parties and Democratization:Theory and Comparative Experience Laurence Whitehead

About the Editors

Edward Friedman is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin

Joseph Wong is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General