Party Government in 48 Democracies (1945–1998)

Composition — Duration — Personnel

  • Jaap Woldendorp
  • Hans Keman
  • Ian Budge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Party Government and Parliamentary Democracy

    1. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 1-25
  3. The Institutional Features of Parliamentary Government

    1. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 26-76
  4. The Stability of Parliamentary Democracies: Duration and Termination of Governments

  5. Composition-Duration-Personnel of Party Government by Country (1945–1998)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 100-112
    3. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 113-120
    4. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 121-128
    5. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 129-144
    6. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 145-149
    7. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 150-154
    8. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 155-167
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      Pages 168-169
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      Pages 170-172
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      Pages 173-183
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      Pages 184-187
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      Pages 188-200
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      Pages 201-211
    15. Jaap Woldendorp, Hans Keman, Ian Budge
      Pages 212-225
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      Pages 226-236

About this book

Introduction

Since the 1980s, political scientists have developed a renewed interest in the study of political institutions, based on the assumption that "institutions matter" -that is, that formal governmental institutions and constitutional-legal rules (as well as informal institutions like parties and interest groups) are crucial determinants of the shape of politics and policy outcomes. In this respect, the "new institutionalism" resembles the "old institutionalism" of pre-behaviorist days, but the crucial difference between the two is that the new institutionalists are committed to systematic empirical testing of their hypotheses, at least in principle. In practice, however, especially in compara­ tive analyses, this goal has often been frustrated by the lack of reliable data for a large number of countries. Researchers have therefore usually been limited to testing their hypotheses with modest data sets collected for their own particular purposes. Of all of the political institutions, the executive branch of the government is by far the most important; it can be regarded as the irreducible core of government and the principal embodiment of political authority with specific powers that are not lodged elsewhere in the political system. Almost all countries in the world, and certainly all modem democracies, have an executive body called "government", "cabinet", or "administration" (as in the term "the Clinton administration") that has the main responsibility for running the country's public affairs.

Keywords

Geschäftsordnung Governance Party Party government Politics Sozialdemokratische Partei Europas comparative politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Jaap Woldendorp
    • 1
  • Hans Keman
    • 1
  • Ian Budge
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Government AdministrationVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of GovernmentEssex UniversityEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2547-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5620-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2547-7
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