Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide: Moving Outside the Electoral Arena

Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide: Moving Outside the Electoral Arena

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Carol Mershon, Olga Shvetsova
Cambridge University Press, 2013-10-07
EAN 9780521765831, ISBN10: 0521765838

Paperback, 237 pages, 23.1 x 22.8 x 15.2 cm

'Future scholars will be much more careful to treat political parties as endogenous coalitions of legislators and party system dynamics as the evolution of these coalitions. Mershon and Shvetsova offer an excellent starting point for this discussion. It is also very welcome to find a well-crafted new book blending theory and empirics in the best traditions of modern comparative politics.' Michael Laver, New York University

'What happens between elections during the life of a parliament when politicians engage in career calculations with potential policy implications? Party switching may only occasionally have broad impact in congressional-style legislatures, but in multiparty parliaments, as Mershon and Shvetsova so compellingly show in this new book, such machinations can shift policy, undo governments, and realign coalitions. The authors provide a compelling theoretical argument, rich case studies, and systematic quantitative evidence, shining a bright light on this important topic.' Kenneth A. Shepsle, George Markham Professor of Government, Harvard University