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Richard Gunther, José Ramón Montero, and Juan J. Linz

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246742.001.0001

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Beyond the Catch‐All Party: Approaches to the Study of Parties and Party Organization in Contemporary Democracies

Beyond the Catch‐All Party: Approaches to the Study of Parties and Party Organization in Contemporary Democracies

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(p.136) 6 Beyond the Catch‐All Party: Approaches to the Study of Parties and Party Organization in Contemporary Democracies
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Political Parties
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Steven B. Wolinetz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246742.003.0006

There are good reasons for re‐examining existing classifications of parties and seeing if others can be developed. However, reworking categories is a complex process, requiring further research and interaction between theory and data. This chapter is a preliminary effort, and focuses primarily on parties in established liberal democracies. The first half examines the adequacy of existing party categories in light of the literature in sections entitled: Categories and concepts in the comparative literature; Cadre versus mass parties; and Parties of mass integration, catch‐all parties, and beyond’ (to the cartel party). The second half considers ways in which contemporary parties might be compared in sections entitled: New bases for classification? Vote‐seeking, office‐seeking, and policy‐seeking parties; and Patterns of change in Western European parties.

Keywords:   cadre party, cartel party, catch‐all party, contemporary democracies, contemporary parties, liberal democracies, mass party, office‐seeking parties, party categories, party change, party classification, policy‐seeking parties, political parties, vote‐seeking parties, Western Europe

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