The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond

ISBN : 9780198812920

Tim Haughton; Kevin Deegan-Krause
304 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
Comparative Politics
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Why do some parties live fast and die young, but other endure? And why are some party systems more stable than others? Based on a blend of data derived from both qualitative and quantitative sources, The New Party Challenge develops new tools for mapping and measuring party systems, and develops conceptual frameworks to analyse the dynamics of party politics, particularly the birth and death of parties. In addition to highlighting the importance of agency and choice in explaining the fate of parties, the book highlights the salience of the clean versus corrupt dimension of politics, charts the flow of voters in the new party subsystem, and emphasizes the dimension of time and its role in shaping developments. The New Party Challenge not only provides the first systematic book length study of political parties across Central Europe in the three decades since the 1989 revolutions, charting and explaining the patterns of politics in that region, it also highlights that similar processes are at play on a far wider geographical canvas. The book concludes by reflecting on what the dynamics of party politics, especially the emergence of so many new parties, means for the health and quality of democracy, and what could and should be done. Comparative Politics is a series for researchers, teachers, and students of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu. The series is edited by Susan Scarrow, Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Houston, and Jonathan Slapin, Professor of Political Institutions and European Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich.


1 Puzzles of Party Politics: How Central Europe Challenges What We Know About Continuity and Change
2 What's New?: How to Refine Oour Assessments of Party Novelty
3 Maps and Measures: What New Measures Can Tell Us About Central European Party Systems
4 The Old and the New: How Parties Differ with Age and Time
5 The Living and the Dead: Why Some Parties Fail and Others Survive
6 Cycles and Subsystems: Why New Parties Give Way to Even Newer Parties
7 Slovenia is Everywhere?: How the New Party Challenge Has Eextended Across the Globe
8 Neither Older nor Wiser? What Continual Party Change Means for the Quality of Democracy

About the author: 

Tim Haughton is Reader (Associate Professor) in European Politics at the University of Birmingham. He has a particular interest in electoral and party politics, electoral campaigning, the role of the past in the politics of the present, and the domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe. He has published widely in a number of leading scholarly journals, written several articles for the Washington Post and was the co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union from 2008-2016. ; Kevin Deegan-Krause is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research focuses on political parties and democracy in Europe with emphasis on Europe's newer democracies and its newer parties. He is the author of Elected Affinities: Democracy and Party Competition in Slovakia and the Czech Republic (Stanford University Press 2006), several edited books and numerous articles, and from 2011 to 2017 was co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook.

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