The Nature of Party Government: A Comparative European Perspective


The Nature of Party Government examines relationships between governments and supporting parties on a comparative European basis. The book does so at the level of principles: there is a major conflict between governments, which should govern and parties, which being representative, wish to shape the way governments operate. The book studies relationships empirically as well: it shows that they occur on three plans, appointments, policy-making and patronage and assesses the extent of two-way influences, from parties to governments and from governments to parties.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • J. Blondel
  • A.-P. Frognier
  • R. B. Andeweg
  • Maurizio Cotta
  • Wolfgang C. Müller
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2000


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