While surveying a rich literature on parties and party systems, emphasizing the continuing relevance of earlier writings, the author sets out the main problems that should be addressed in the study of political parties. We are then lucidly led through a range of empirical cases illustrating party performance in relation to electoral behaviour, and introduced to a range of theoretically–driven models of performance, behaviour and recruitment. The book culminates in a superb discussion of factionalism within parties, and an epxloration of populism in mass politics.
Graham′s challenging work introduces and reveals aspects of party dynamics and representation which are essential to students of politics and political scientists alike.
"This is not only a valuable comparative and historical treatment of party politics, it also incorporates a number a useful case–studies, notably of political parties in France and India." Professor C. A. Bayly, St Catharine′s College, Cambridge