This volume examines the recent changes which have occurred in party systems across Europe. It concludes that parties in many countries are no longer bare reflections of traditional social groups. Rather, the structure in which parties compete is increasingly open and flexible, and subject to on-going change. The combination of comparative and individual case-studies provides strong evidence that political parties remain a potent, if changing, force in politics throughout Europe.
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