This volume brings together comparative studies and in-depth case studies that research the diversity of party system change in Europe. In so doing it presents a model for change which challenges orthodox views of political evolution.
1. Introduction / Paul Pennings and Jan-Erik Lane -- Pt. 1. Comparing party system change. 2. Electoral instability and party system change in Western Europe / Svante Ersson and Jan-Erik Lane. 3. Coalition potential and governmental power / Stefano Bartolini. 4. Parties, party systems and policy effects / Uwe Wagschal. 5. The triad of party system change: votes, office and policy / Paul Pennings -- Pt. 2. Change and stability in established systems. 6. Electoral and parliamentary aspects of dominant party systems / Francoise Boucek. 7. Great Britain: a stable, but fragile, party system? / Ian Budge. 8. German unification and party system change / Oskar Niedermayer. 9. Party system change in Israel, 1948-98: a conceptual and typological border-stretching of Europe? / Reuven Y. Hazan. 10. Electoral politics and governance: transformation of the party system in Iceland, 1970-96 / Svanur Kristjansson -- Pt. 3. Change and stability in renewing systems.
Published: 9th April 1998