Political Parties and the Collapse of the Old Orders

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John Kenneth White, Philip Davies
SUNY Press, 1998 M01 1 - 251 pages
With the passage of the Cold War, political parties in nearly every corner of the globe have undergone a vast upheaval. Old ideas have become obsolete, electoral maps have been redrawn, party structures have been rebuilt, and new leaders have emerged. Political Parties and the Collapse of the Old Orders describes these changes using several countries as laboratories: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Mexico, lsrael, South Africa, and Russia. While the nature and extent of the political upheavals vary from place to place, the transformations in each nation's party system have been extraordinary.
 

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Contents

The American Experience Public Skepticism Economic Dislocation and Partisan Decay
1
The United Kingdom Change within Continuity
19
French Political Parties A State within the State
33
Whither the Old Order The Collapse of the GDR and the New German Party System
55
Italy The Demise of the PostWar Partyocracy
71
Canadian Political Parties Contemporary Changes
95
Australia An Older Order Manages Change
113
Mexico The End of OneParty Pluralism?
137
Political Parties and the Emergence of Israels Second Republic
165
South Africa Rise and Demise of Political Parties
185
Russia Party Formation and the Legacy of the OneParty State
205
Parties and the Millennium
223
About the Authors
239
Index
243
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John Kenneth White is Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America. His previous books include Governing New York State, Third Edition (edited with Jeffrey M. Stonecash and Peter W. Colby), also published by SUNY Press, Still Seeing Red: How the Cold War Shapes the New American Politics; Political Parties in the Information Age (co-written with Daniel M. Shea); The Politics of Ideas: Intellectual Challenges to the Parties after 1992; The New Politics of Old Values; and The Fractured Electorate: Political Parties and Social Change in Southern New England. Philip John Davies is Reader in American Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.

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