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Policy, Office, or Votes? : How Political Parties in Western Europe Make Hard Decisions - Wolfgang C. Muller

Policy, Office, or Votes?

How Political Parties in Western Europe Make Hard Decisions

By: Wolfgang C. Muller (Editor), Kaare Strom (Editor), Peter Lange (Editor), Robert H. Bates (Editor), Ellen Comisso (Editor)

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Leaders of political parties often have to choose among conflicting objectives, such as influence on policy, control of the government, and support among the voters. This book examines the behavior of political parties in situations where they experience conflict between two or more important objectives. The volume contains a theoretical introduction and case studies of party leaders in Germany, Italy, France and Spain as well as six smaller European democracies. Each case focuses on the behavior of one of several parties in situations of goal conflict, such as the "historic compromise" in Italy, the 1982 Wende in West Germany, the making of the new Swedish constitution in the 1970s, and the termination of the Austrian "black-red" grand coalition.

"...This book demonstrates that the notions of parties as seekers of office,votes,or policy can enhance understanding of these democratic organizations. This volume is highly recomended to enrich collections on comparative politics." "The main virtues of this book are...the astute way in which the editors have identified a theoretically important matter that requires a preliminary empirical survey and the professionalism with which the authors of the case studies have set about their tasks. This is...essential reading for those who have ambitions to build more complex models of party competition. It is also an attractive supplementary text for those teaching courses on party competition." Michael Laver, Political Science Review

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Political parties and hard choices
Office, votes and then policy: hard choices for political parties in the Republic of Ireland, 1981-1992
Party behaviour and the formation of minority coalition governments: Danish experiences from the 1970s and 1980s
From policy-seeking to office-seeking: the metamorphosis of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party
Changing strategies: the dilemma of the Dutch Labour Party
Party behaviour in a polarized system: the Italian Communist Party and the historic compromise
Decision for opposition: the Austrian Socialist Party's abandonment of government participation in 1966
Leadership accountability and bargaining failure in Norway: the Presthus debacle
Winner takes all: the FDP in 1982-1983: maximizing votes, office and policy?
Trade-offs in Swedish constitutional design: the monarchy under challenge
Parliamentary rules and party behaviour during minority government in France
Conclusions: party behaviour and representative democracy
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ISBN: 9780521637237
ISBN-10: 0521637236
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd January 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.7  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.46