Political parties and democracy : contemporary Western Europe and Asia
Title: Political parties and democracy : contemporary Western Europe and Asia
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: New York ; Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, Asia today
The role of political parties in a democracy is often under scrutiny. Rhetoric crying for more effective or reflective or representative democracy often lacks data to back up its claims. This book provides readers with a wealth of empirical detail: a refreshing and meticulous examination of political parties in ten democracies in Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia. It aims at providing skeptics and supporters of political parties alike with down-to-earth empirical realities. It is a must-read for everyone interested in the future of political parties and democracy in a century of globalization.
Table of Contents:
Introduction : political parties and democracy in Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia / Jean Blondel and Takashi Inoguchi. -- Britain / Jean Blondel. -- France / Jean Blondel and J. L. Thiebault. -- Germany / Martin Elff. -- Italy / Jean Blondel and N. Conti. -- The Netherlands / Rudy B. Andeweg. -- Japan / Takashi Inoguchi. -- South Korea / Cheol Hee Park. -- Thailand / Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee. -- Indonesia / Sunny Tanuwidjaja. -- Philippines / Julio C. Teehankee. -- Conclusion : toward the Elaboration of a General Theory of Parties : the Cases of Western Europe and of East and Southeast Asia / Takashi Inoguchi and Jean Blondel