Readership: Scholars and students of political parties, political behaviour, electoral studies, and comparative politics.
Russell J. Dalton, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine., David M. Farrell, Chair of Politics, and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations., and Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.
Russell J. Dalton is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine. Dalton has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship, Scholar-in-Residence at the Barbra Streisand Center, German Marshall Fund Research Fellowship, and the POSCO Fellowship at the East West Center in Hawaii. He is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California,
David M. Farrell is a specialist in the study of parties and electoral systems, he is founding co-editor of Party Politics and co-editor of the ECPR/Oxford University Press series, Comparative Politics. He is Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin.
Ian McAllister has been director of the Australian Election Study since 1987, and was Chair of the Comparative Study of Electoral System project from 2004 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.
"this is an important and germane book that significantly contributes to the debate on the role of political parties." - Jae-Jae Spoon, Comparative Political Studies
"Political Parties and Democratic Linkage offers a valiant defence of the often lamented role of parties in contemporary democratic processes. Dalton, Farrell and McAllister argue that despite their poor public image, parties still dominate elections, that newly incumbent governments are more closely connected to citizen preferences than their predecessors in office, and that voter opinion, operating through parties, matters for policy outputs. This is an important book for students of parties as well as for students of democracy." - Peter Mair, Professor
of Comparative Politics, European University Institute, Florence
Part I: INTRODUCTION
1: Parties and Representative Government
Part II: PARTIES AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
2: Parties and Electoral Institutions
3: Party Mobilization and Campaign Participation
Part III: ELECTORAL CHOICE
4: Citizens and their Policy Preferences
5: Party Images and Party Linkage
6: Voter Choice and Partisan Representation
Part IV: PARTIES IN GOVERNMENT
7: Government Formation and Democratic Representation
8: Party Policies and Policy Outputs
Part V: CONCLUSION
9: Party Evolution