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Political Parties and Party Systems

Alan Ware

September 1995

ISBN: 9780198780779

454 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99



A comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the study of political parties and party systems. Using examples from a wide-range of countries as well as focusing on Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and in the US the book will be an essential purchase for students, teachers, and scholars alike.

About the Author(s)

Alan Ware, Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Worcester College, Oxford


Ware has written a fascinating comparative approach to the study of political parties. - Choice

A book which could well prove of considerable value to a first or second year undergraduate new to this field of study. - Talking Politics

This book is a relatively rare bird - a text aimed ... at undergraduates that nonetheless takes an interesting and important subfield of political science and treats it in an accessible yet comprehensive way ... He has produced a book that students will definitely appreciate ... the book as a whole provides quite an encyclopaedic treatment of political parties ... this book, like all good texts, is an idiosyncratic statement of the author's view of the world rather than a bland search for its lowest common denominator ... the book is tailored for the British and more general European market, and will no doubt be quite quickly adopted as a text on a wide variety of courses. It will, indeed, be fallen upon by many teachers, who will be very grateful to Ware for giving them a comprehensive, sensible, accessible and up-to-date introduction to the general field of political parties and party systems. - Government and Opposition

Outstanding ... It will meet the needs and expectations not only of undergraduates but also graduates and faculty as well ... each chapter-topic is introduced with an examination and review of the relevant academic literature. This organization and approach mark a real strength in the volume ... The discussion is illustrated with excellent data from a wide range of examples to make the arguments clear and contrast different parties and party systems ... cogently, clearly and precisely presents the analysis of parties and party systems. - Democratization

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