Party politics in new democracies

Webb, Paul and White, Stephen (2007) Party politics in new democracies. Comparative Politics . Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York. ISBN 9780199289653

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Abstract

The sister volume to a book called Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, this book offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the world's major new democracies. Drawing on a wealth of expertise and data, the book assesses the popular legitimacy, organizational development and functional performance of political parties in Latin America and postcommunist Eastern Europe. It demonstrates the generational differences between parties in the old and new democracies, and reveals contrasts among the latter. Parties are shown to be at their most feeble in those recently transitional democracies characterized by personalistic, candidate-centred forms of politics, but in other new democracies — especially those with parliamentary systems — parties are more stable and institutionalized, enabling them to facilitate a meaningful degree of popular choice and control. Wherever party politics is weakly institutionalized, political inequality tends to be greater, commitment to pluralism less certain, clientelism and corruption more pronounced, and populist demagoguery a greater temptation. Without party, democracy's hold is more tenuous.

Item Type: Edited Book
Keywords: popular legitimacy, Latin America, postcommunist Eastern Europe, old democracies, new democracies, party politics, pluralism, clientelism, corruption
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:11
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 09:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19545
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