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The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties

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    The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of the study of political parties provided by leading experts in the field.

    In an era of widespread political disillusionment, political parties are often the main targets of citizen dissatisfaction, yet they are the key institutions that make democracy work. Analysing political parties in unrivalled depth and breath, with comparative thematic chapters throughout, as well as a dedicated section on political parties and party politics in specific country and regional settings, this handbook examines and illuminates the key questions around: how parties organise; how their ideologies have evolved over time; their relationship with society; how they differentiate themselves and how they respond to new social, economic, and political developments.

    The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in and actively concerned about research in the study of political parties, party systems, and party politics.

    Neil Carter, Daniel Keith, Gyda M. Sindre and Sofia Vasilopoulou

    PART 1 Definitions and party evolution

    1 Party change beyond the ‘classical models?’ The role of agency, context, and democracy
    Oscar Mazzoleni and Reinhard Heinisch

    2 Parties and partisanship in political theory
    Alfred Moore

    3 Party systems and party system change
    Zsolt Enyedi and Fernando Casal Bértoa

    PART 2 Party as an organization

    4 Party organization
    Anika Gauja

    5 Party membership
    Susan E. Scarrow and Paul D. Webb

    6 Party finance
    Daniela R. Piccio

    7 Party institutionalisation
    Nicole Bolleyer

    8 Political parties and social movements
    Myrto Tsakatika

    9 Political parties and gender
    Tània Verge

    PART 3 Party ideology and party families

    10 Cleavage politics in the twenty-first century
    James Dennison and Sophia Hunger

    11 The far right
    Daphne Halikiopoulou

    12 The centre-right: Christian Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals
    Marija Taflaga

    13 Liberal parties
    Caroline Close and Thomas Legein

    14 Social democracy
    Björn Bremer

    15 Radical left parties
    Daniel Keith and Luke March

    16 Green parties
    Neil Carter

    PART 4 Party competition and representation

    17 Party strategies: valence versus position
    Agnes Magyar, Sarah Wagner and Roi Zur

    18 Issue competition and agenda setting
    Christoffer Green-Pedersen

    19 Niche parties and party competition
    Markus Wagner

    20 Parties in government and in coalitions
    Zachary Greene and Despina Alexiadou

    21 Parties and representation
    Jae-Jae Spoon

    22 Personalisation and political parties
    Helene Helboe Pedersen

    PART 5 Contemporary issues and challenges

    23 Populism and parties
    Stijn van Kessel

    24 Parties and climate change
    Conor Little

    25 Parties and immigration
    Pontus Odmalm

    26 Parties and European integration
    Sofia Vasilopoulou

    27 Parties, issues and gender
    Hilde Coffé, Miki Caul Kittilson, Bonnie M. Meguid and Ana Catalano Weeks

    28 Post-conflict political parties
    Carrie Manning and Gyda M. Sindre

    29 Clientelism and political parties
    Sergiu Gherghina and Clara Volintiru

    PART 6: Regional comparisons

    30 Political parties in Russia and post-Soviet states
    Neil Robinson

    31 Political parties in East Asia
    Ko Maeda

    32 Political parties in Southeast Asia
    Andreas Ufen

    33 Political parties in Latin America
    Saskia P. Ruth-Lovell

    34 Political parties in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Matthijs Bogaards

    35 Political parties in North Africa
    Lise Storm

    36 Political parties in the Arab Middle East
    Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar and Valeria Resta

    37 Political parties in India
    Indrajit Roy and Maya Tudor

    PART 7 Methods for estimating party preferences

    38 Text analysis of party manifestos
    Daniela Braun

    39 Voting advice applications
    Frederico Ferreira da Silva and Diego Garzia

    40 Expert surveys in party research
    Maurits J. Meijers and Nina Wiesehomeier


    Neil Carter is Professor of Politics at the University of York, UK.

    Daniel Keith is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York, UK.

    Gyda M. Sindre is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York, UK.

    Sofia Vasilopoulou is Professor of European Politics at King’s College London and Honorary Professor at the University of York, UK

    ‘Anyone looking to get up to speed on the state of the art in research on political parties needs to read this book. Written by a stellar cast of experts, it tells you where we are now and where things are heading. A truly invaluable collection.’

    Tim Bale, Queen Mary University of London, UK

    ‘The editors have expertly curated a compelling collection of chapters which address classic research questions in the study of party politics, alongside contributions that reflect new research foci, international analysis via regional studies, and research design and methods. All of the chapters present a state of the art, reconsider key conceptual debates, explore empirical approaches, and outline future research agendas. Such an approach offers the reader clear links to “seminal” and pioneering literature complemented by more critical studies, provides for a comparative approach, and highlights debates amongst party scholars with regard to methodological and empirical stances. The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties tells those interested in party politics what they need to critically study in party types, families, systems, and party change; it reviews party responses to critical contemporary issues such as gender inequality, European integration, the environment, and immigration; and is attuned to the study of political parties beyond established, western democracies. Accessible and yet comprehensive, the Routledge Handbook of Political Parties is a fine resource for students, the interested public, and scholars alike.’

    Sarah Childs, University of Edinburgh, UK

    ‘This book is a must read for any serious scholar of political parties. It will be a very welcome addition to the libraries of scholars who study political parties. It includes many of the top scholars in the field. and has a very coherent organization , including definitional chapters, party as organization, party ideology and party systems as well as exemplary types of parties. I will certainly be relying heavily on the contributions in this book in my own work and will be using it in my classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.’

    John Ishiyama, University Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, University of North Texas, USA