Advanced Introduction to Party Politics

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Advanced Introduction to Party Politics

9781800882508 Edward Elgar Publishing
Richard S. Katz, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, US
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 250 8 Extent: 130 pp
This insightful Advanced Introduction provides a comprehensive overview of the organisation, regulation and structure of political parties today. Richard S. Katz discusses the essential role that political parties play in modern democracies, with politics taking place within and among parties. Analysing the significant diversity found between political parties, Katz illustrates the profound impact that the legal definition and organisation of parties can have on a democratic system.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This insightful Advanced Introduction provides an overview of the organisation, regulation and structure of political parties today. Richard S. Katz discusses the essential role that political parties play in modern democracies, with politics taking place within and among parties. Analysing the significant diversity found between parties, Katz illustrates the profound impact that the legal definition and organisation of parties can have on a democratic system.

Key Features:

● Reviews how and why parties have been regulated
● Explores the scholarly and legal definitions of parties
● Focuses on government formation and party government
● Analyses the historical development of forms of parties and party coalitions
● Examines intra-party politics alongside inter-party cooperation and competition

This Advanced Introduction will be essential reading for students and scholars in political science, public policy, leadership, and international politics. It will also be a useful guide for practitioners seeking to better understand the position of parties in a democratic system.
Critical Acclaim
‘Richard Katz''s book provides an authoritative and highly erudite tour of the world of party politics, surveying the key concepts and theories that populate the literature, and leavening the analysis with a wide variety of empirical examples and subtle reflection. A valuable guide to an extensive body of scholarship.’
– Paul Webb, University of Sussex, UK

‘This Advanced Introduction provides a stimulating entry point for both students and scholars seeking to better understand the multiple faces of contemporary party politics.’
– Susan Scarrow, University of Houston, US

‘Drawing upon his decades long work contributing to the contemporary study of political parties, Katz provides a concise and sophisticated analysis. Sweeping in coverage, this volume provides an insightful, high-level survey of the internal organization of parties, the contours of party systems, and the centrality of parties within democratic politics.’
– William Cross, Carleton University, Canada

‘This Advanced Introduction by a leading scholar covers all major aspects of political parties in parliamentary and presidential democracies. It introduces to the study of political parties by drawing on the major contributions to research, which makes it a truly advanced introduction in that it engages superbly with relevant scholarly debates.’
– Thomas Poguntke, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Contents
Contents: 1. What is a party and what is party politics? 2. Party organization 3. Intraparty politics 4. Party regulation 5. Party systems and interparty competition 6. Party government and coalitions References Index
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