Explaining the party-policy link - Established approaches and theoretical developments
UNSPECIFIED (1997) Explaining the party-policy link - Established approaches and theoretical developments. PARTY POLITICS, 3 (4). pp. 493-512. ISSN 1354-0688Full text not available from this repository.
Scholarly work on the party-policy link has produced fundamentally different interpretations. The main theoretical division within this field is drawn between the view centred on the role of a party as vote maximizer and the view based on the role of a party as representative of social interests. This paper provides a step towards relaxing the standard dichotomy between these two separate schools of thought, apparently unable to communicate with each other. By drawing upon recent theoretical developments in the literature on party goals, party competition and party organization, this article places limitations upon the role of partisan and electoral politics in the making of party policies. Advances in the theory of party politics suggest that conceiving of parties as miniature political systems provides an altogether richer and more suggestive account of the party-policy link.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||PARTY POLITICS|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 493-512|
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