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In this article I discuss the empirical validity of the cartel thesis, and review three analytical dimensions of the concept: organizational change, functional change and change of party competition in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. I use the empirical findings to elaborate...
The received wisdom in the study of Brazilian parties holds that Brazilian electoral law precludes programmatic parties. Yet we have little comprehensive data on party behavior in Brazil, and the electoral law thesis of party weakness has never been directly tested. I test the theory by examining...
Diverging from the generally accepted argument that Australian ballot adoption in the USA was the work of anti-party forces, this article revitalizes Key's taxonomy of the political party and advances the argument that the merger of party organization and party-in-government interests in part led...