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Parties Without PartisansPolitical Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies$
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Russell J. Dalton and Martin P. Wattenberg

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253099.001.0001

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Parties at the Core of Government

Parties at the Core of Government

(p.180) 9 Parties at the Core of Government
Parties Without Partisans

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Examines whether the behaviour of parties in cabinet formation and in control of the executive branch have changed over time. The evidence indicates that parties remain entrenched in the core of the executives studied, but party control seems to wane the further we move from this institution. The chapter concludes by examining the implications such changes have on the primacy of parties in government, arguing that among the several alternatives to representative democracy, pluralist democracy seems to be the most likely alternative to party government.

Keywords:   cabinet formation, corporatism, direct democracy, executive branch, government, legislative parties, pluralist democracy, political parties, representative democracy

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