From Party Politics to Personalized Politics?: Party Change and Political Personalization in Democracies

ISBN : 9780198808008

Gideon Rahat; Ofer Kenig
400 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Comparative Politics

What do Beppe Grillo, Silvio Berlusconi, Emmanuel Macron (and also Donald Trump) have in common? They are prime examples of the personalization of politics and the decline of political parties. This volume systematically examines these two prominent developments in contemporary democratic politics and the relationship between them. It presents a cross-national comparative comparison that covers around 50 years in 26 democracies through the use of more than 20 indicators. It offers the most comprehensive comparative cross-national estimation of the variance in the levels and patterns of party change and political personalization among countries to date, using existing works as well injecting fresh cross-national comparative data. In the case of party change, it offers an analysis that extends beyond the dichotomous debate of party decline versus party adaptation. In the matter of political personalization, the emphasis on variance helps in bridging between the high theoretical expe


1 Introduction
Part One: Party Change
2 Party Change: The Variance Hiding Behind the General Trend
3 Indicators of Party Change
4 The Presence and Success of National-Level Parties in Local and Regional Elections
5 A Cross-National Comparison of Party Change
Part Two: Political Personalization
6 Political Personalization: Definition, Typology, and Causes
7 Indicators of Political Personalization
8 Parties vs. Politicians Online
9 A Cross-National Analysis of Political Personalization
Part Three: Party Change and Political Personalization
10 Party Change and Political Personalization: A Critical Overview of the Literature
11 Party Change and Political Personalization: An Empirical Analysis
12 Summary and Conclusions


Gideon Rahat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research fields are comparative politics and Israeli politics. His interests include political parties, electoral reform, the personalization of politics and candidate selection methods, and he has published widely on the politics of electoral reform and co-authored books on candidate selection methods.; Ofer Kenig is a Senior Lecturer at Ashkelon Academic College and a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. His areas of research include comparative politics, political parties, leadership and candidate selection and Israeli politics. He co-authored the books Reforming the Israel Political System (2013) and The Promise and Challenge of Party Primary Elections (2016). In addition, he has published articles in a range of journals, including Electoral Studies and Representation, as well as chapters in edited volumes.