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.
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.
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