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Democratic DriftMajoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.001.0001

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V1. Party System

V1. Party System

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(p.91) Chapter 5 V1. Party System
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Democratic Drift
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Matthew Flinders (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.003.0005

There is no such thing as the party system in the United Kingdom but an embryonic multi‐levelled hierarchy of party systems. The existence of different party systems, founded and perpetuated by electoral systems that have been designed to inculcate a quite different value‐set, raises questions about the long‐term stability of the polity, while also providing the first empirical evidence of a bi‐constitutional statecraft.

Keywords:   party systems, multi‐party coalitions, two‐party systems, multi‐level governance, constitutional spill‐over, bi‐constitutionality, elite politics, party politics, devolution

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