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A Theory of Parties and Electoral Systems
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Political parties and elections are the mainsprings of modern democracy. In this classic volume, Richard S. Katz explores the problem of how a given electoral system affects the role of political parties and the way in which party members are elected. He develops and tests a theory of the differences in the cohesion, ideological behavior, and issue orientation of Western parliamentary parties on the basis of the electoral systems under which they compete. A standard in the field of political theory and thought, The Theory of Parties and the Electoral System contributes to a better understanding of parliamentary party structures and demonstrates the wide utility of the rationalistic approach for explaining behavior derived from the self-interest of political actors.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Parties, Elections, and Democracy
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Electoral Law
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. An Extensive Test
  2. pp. 35-59
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  1. 4. An Intensive Test: Electoral Experience
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. 5. An Intensive Test: Campaign and Nomination
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. 6. An Intensive Test: Verification
  2. pp. 100-114
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  1. 7. Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 115-124
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  1. Appendix A. Sampling
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Appendix B. Questionnaire
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 147-151
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