Factional Politics

How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize

Authors: Boucek, Françoise

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Drawing on theories of neo-institutionalism to show how institutions shape dissident behaviour, Boucek develops new ways of measuring factionalism and explains its effects on office tenure. In each of the four cases - from Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan - intra-party dynamics are analyzed through times series and rational choice tools.

About the authors

FRANÇOISE BOUCEK is a Teaching Fellow in European Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, a Visiting Professor at the University of Witten Herdecke (Germany) and an Associate of the LSE Public Policy Group. Her research interests include political parties and party systems, party government and representative democracy.

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'Boucek makes an important contribution to explaining the politics of single-party dominance by integrating consideration of both inter- and

intra-party politics. By challenging the unitary actor assumption of

inter-party accounts, she offers a fuller picture of both the maintenance and the decline of single-party dominance. She highlights the importance of institutional incentives and electoral market conditions in shaping the behaviour of factions within a dominant party, and hence its ability to maintain its dominant position.'

- Professor Richard S. Katz, Department of Political Science, The John Hopkins University

'Boucek's study provides a new benchmark for the analysis of how political parties really operate. Its rich comparative analysis of the dynamic relationship between factionalism and party dominance opens new windows into understanding the importance of intra-party organization and life in structuring competitive democratic politics.'

- R. Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, The University of British Columbia

'Why are dominant parties so factionalized, and with what consequences?, This is the crucial question at the core of this original study of political parties in power for extended periods. Combining elements of rational choice and historical institutionalism and investigating four major cases in Britain, Canada, Italy, and Japan, Françoise Boucek uncovers the paradoxical positive and negative functions that factionalism performs and the variables that affect stability and change in these parties. A truly creative, systematic and ground-breaking addition to the literature on political parties.'

- Professor Ellis S. Krauss, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Boucek, Françoise

    Pages 1-5

  • The Theory of One-Party Dominance

    Boucek, Françoise

    Pages 6-32

  • Why Does One-Party Dominance End in Factionalism?

    Boucek, Françoise

    Pages 33-49

  • Majoritarian Democracies: Executive-Dominated Britain and Decentralised Canada

    Boucek, Françoise

    Pages 50-70

  • Case 1 — The Thatcher-Major Factional Wars over Europe

    Boucek, Françoise

    Pages 71-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Factional Politics
Book Subtitle
How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28392-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137283924
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-01993-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28594-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 273
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