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Democratic Politics and Party Competition (Routledge/ECPR by Judith Bara, Albert Weale

By Judith Bara, Albert Weale

This new ebook introduces innovative research on democracy from the top Comparative Manifestos venture (CMP).

It details the most important achievements of the undertaking up to now, illustrates how its findings might be utilized, lays out the longer term demanding situations it faces and examines how the sector as a complete can increase. It additionally offers a unique evaluation of the dimensionality of social gathering festival, offering ways that examine could be prolonged and with regards to broader techniques in Political technology and Theory.

Although CMP examine is familiar and constitutes the key comparative facts set on occasion positions and ideological position, it's also topic to problem. the quantity as a result presents the reader with a transparent feel of the major debates and questions surrounding its work.

This quantity additionally honours the life-time fulfillment of Professor Ian Budge, who has supplied distinctive highbrow management for the CMP during the last twenty-five years.

This is a vital aspect of reference for all comparative research on the functioning of democracies. This e-book may be of serious curiosity to all scholars and students of politics and of democracy in particular.

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In fact he has written a lot with many others – Derek Urwin, Cornelius O’Leary, Dennis Fairlie, David McKay, David Robertson, Hans Keman, Jaap Woldendorp, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Rick Hofferbert, Ivor Crewe, Andrea Volkens, Judith Bara and even Ken Newton. All of them, without a doubt, are struck by how metronomic he is about producing high quality material to deadlines. ’ Well, I can tell you, he might have been late for meetings, but he was never yet late for a deadline that I know of. No wonder we are all more than happy to collaborate with him.

Dutch? Once on a walk one lovely summer’s day by the River Colne, I bet him our lunchtime beer that he could not tell me the Dutch for ‘My key is in my overcoat pocket’, and he came back with something sounding rather like the Dutch (in an Edinburgh accent) for ‘Mein Schlussel in meine Manteltasche ist’, which I know is roughly the equivalent in German. I had to concede that he knew a bit of Dutch, and paid for drinks in the pub. Trying to get my own back some time later I told him I knew the German for porcupine.

In developing the use of the CMP data to new areas of enquiry, John Bartle acknowledges the context of the relation between the individual and the aggregate. He points out that there are two contrasting traditions of voting behaviour, each corresponding to a focus either on the individual or the collective. Both traditions acknowledge the interplay of partisan attachment and ideological predisposition, but do so in different ways. On the one hand, those who study voters at the individual level have found it difficult empirically to find much room for the role of ideology in 16 J.

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