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1st Edition

Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems
Learning to Lose

ISBN 9780415559775
Published October 13, 2009 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.