Pol 161 lecture 2

Pol 161 lecture 2 - Pol 161 May 17, 2007 Party system...

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Pol 161 May 17, 2007 Party system institutionalization : Why are there differences with old deomocracies and new ones - Institutionalized party systems are characterized. By: (description more in the article) -Low electoral volatility - institutionalized system. Stability in the number of parties and parties which go on. -Ideological continuity - ties into Downs and ideology. Cannot bounce around in ideology: makes it hard to figure out what the party will do. Need to be strongly rooted in society, Need to have reliable ideological queue. -Legitimacy of electoral competition – elite party leaders as well as citizens, if parties are distrusted no a lot of confess then poses a problem with legitimacy. INS – parties necessary for democracy. -party organization autonomy: independence from powerful players, therefore parties are not “captured” by a single person or group. Species of political parties : Gunther and Diamond – a new way of distinguishing parties -Three party characteristics that help us develop a typology of parties: Organization: Primary structural unit, from there other two categories follow. - Structure: Thick (mass) and Thin (cadre) parties
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