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Cartelisation, Convergence or Increasing Similarities? Cartelisation, Convergence or Increasing Similarities?
Lessons from Parties in Parliament
Magnus  Hagevi (Editor)
Henrik  Enroth (Editor)
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781785522543
Page Extent: 258 pp

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It is often suggested that political parties are becoming increasingly alike, and that party politics has turned into an elite affair where political professionals collude to further their self-interest rather than work to represent the interests of their constituents.

In recent decades, this diagnosis has been famously associated with Richard Katz and Peter Mair’s cartel party theory. Yet so far, this controversial thesis has not been subjected to systematic empirical scrutiny, nor have its conceptual and normative underpinnings been properly considered.

In this volume, a group of political scientists with different specialisations take on this task, focusing empirically on the Swedish party system, which the originators of the cartel party theory have suggested is especially conducive to the formation of party cartels.

Collecting new and unique qualitative and quantitative data, the volume casts serious doubt on the validity of the cartel party theory as an explanation for party system change.

'A forceful attack on the cartel party theory. The authors make efficient use of their Swedish case study for questioning many of the core assumptions and normative judgements of the most influential account in contemporary party research.'
Klaus Detterbeck, University of Göttingen

'The cartel thesis has been remarkably influential. In over two decades, reference to it has been almost obligatory in published research on party politics. Enroth and Hagevi's excellent anthology unpacks the thesis and subjects it to thorough and rare empirical tests. The admirably clear conclusions about representative democracy in a crucial case – Sweden – leave party scholars with much to ponder.'
Nicholas Aylott, Södertörn University


  Pub Date:

April 2018


Herbert  Kitschelt (Contributor)
Karl  Loxbo (Contributor)
Douglas  Brommesson (Contributor)
Ann-Marie  Ekengren (Contributor)
Helena  Olofsdotter Stensöta (Contributor)
Anna  Högmark (Contributor)
Katarina  Barrling (Contributor)
Mats  Sjölin (Contributor)


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