The development of political parties over the past century is the story of three stages in the pursuit of power: liberation, democratization, and de-democratization. Political Parties and Democracy is comprised of five, stand-alone volumes that probe the realities of political parties at all three stages.
In each volume, contributors explore the relationship between political parties and democracy (or democratization) in their nations, providing necessary historical, socioeconomic, and institutional context, as well as the details of contemporary political tensions. Contributors are distinguished indigenous scholars who have lived the truths they tell and are, thus, able to write with unique breadth, depth, and scope. They show the parties of their respective nations as they have developed through history and changing institutional structures, and they explain the balance of power among them—and between them and competing agencies of power—today.
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Political parties and democracy seem to have an innate relationship. Yet most scholarship on political parties has little to say about the nuts and bolts of how the two are related, while most scholarship on democracy and democratization says little about specific political parties. Political Parties and Democracy was written to clarify the relationship as it occurs in 46 nations around the world.About the Author:
Kay Lawson is professor emerita of political science at San Francisco State University. She was a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, 1992-2000, and coeditor of the International Political Science Review 2000-2009. She is general editor of two series, Praeger's Political Parties in Context and Perspectives in Comparative Politics. She is the author of numerous books and articles on political parties, including The Comparative Study of Political Parties and editor of many others, including Political Parties and Linkage, When Parties Fail, and When Parties Prosper. Her textbook, The Human Polity: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science, is now in its fifth edition. In 2003, she received the Samuel J. Eldersfeld Career Achievement award of the Section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.
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