The Emergence of Parties and Party Systems

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This article discusses the emergence of parties and party systems. It summarizes the two main competing explanations of party systems, which are the neo-institutionalist research agenda and the historical-sociological literature. It then evaluates their strengths and limitations. The last two sections are focused on a new method of restructuring the way people think about how parties emerged. This method eventually integrates both approaches within a broad analytical framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577482
ISBN (Print)9780199566020
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Analytical framework
  • Historical-sociological literature
  • Limitations
  • Neo-institutionalist research agenda
  • Parties
  • Party systems
  • Strengths


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