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dc.contributor.authorMAIR, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-16T10:38:53Z
dc.date.available2007-10-16T10:38:53Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.issn1725-6755
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/7158
dc.description.abstractAt a time when the literature on political parties is brimming with health and vitality, the parties themselves seem to be experiencing potentially severe legitimacy problems and to be suffering from a quite massive withdrawal of popular support and affection. This paper addresses one key aspect of the problems facing contemporary parties in Europe, which is the challenge to party government. I begin by reviewing the changing pattern of party competition, in which I discuss the decline of partisanship in policymaking and the convergence of parties into a mainstream consensus. I then look again at the familiar ‘parties-do-matter’ thesis and at the evidence for declining partisanship within the electorate. In the third section of the paper I explore the various attempts to specify the conditions for party government, before going on in the final section to argue that these conditions have been undermined in such a way that it is now almost impossible to imagine party government in contemporary Europe either functioning effectively or sustaining complete legitimacy.en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries2007/09en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.titleThe Challenge to Party Governmenten
dc.typeWorking Paperen
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