Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. The General Editors are Professor Alfio Mastropaolo, University of Turin and Kenneth Newton, University of Southampton and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.
The sister volume to 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 post-communist 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-centered 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.
1: Paul Webb and Stephen White: Introduction: Conceptualizing the Institutionalization and Performance of Political Parties in New Democracies
2: Stephen White: Russia's Client Party System
3: Andrew Wilson and Sarah Birch: Political Parties in Ukraine: Virtual and Representational
4: Krzysztof Jasiewicz: Poland: Party System by Default
5: Petr Kopecký: Building Party Government: Political Parties in the Czech and Slovak Republics
6: Zsolt Enyedi and Gábor Tóka: The Only Game in Town: Party Politics in Hungary
7: Barry Ames and Timothy J. Power: Parties and Governability in Brazil
8: Celia Szusterman: 'Que se Vayan Todos!' The struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina
9: Joy Langston: Strong Parties in a Struggling Party System: Mexico in the Democratic Era
10: Alan Angell: The Durability of the Party System in Chile
11: John A. Booth: Political Parties in Costa Rica: Sustaining Democratic Stability in a Latin American Context
12: Paul Webb and Stephen White: Political Parties in New Democracies: Trajectories of Development and Implications for Democracy