Rowman and Littlefield International

On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy

Selected writings of Peter Mair

Edited by Ingrid van Biezen

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This collection brings together some of the most significant and influential work by leading comparativist Peter Mair (1951–2011).

Hardback ISBN: 9781907301780 Release date: Aug 2014
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Pages: 666

ECPR Press

This collection brings together some of the most significant and influential work by leading comparativist Peter Mair (1951–2011). The selection ranges from considerations on the relevance of concept formation to the study of party systems and party organisations; and from reflections on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union to the future of party democracy. Including frequently cited papers alongside lesser-known work, the writings collected in this volume attest to the broad scope and depth of Mair's insights into comparative party politics, and the changing realities of party government. As such, they form an important and enduring contribution to the study of politics, and a fitting tribute to an inspirational and much-missed figure in the global political science community. Edited and introduced by Ingrid van Biezen, with an intellectual portrait of Peter Mair by Stefano Bartolini and Hans Daalder.

Contents


List of Figures and Tables xi

Preface and Acknowledgements xv

Sources xvii

Introduction: On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy 1

by Ingrid van Biezen

Peter Mair: An Intellectual Portrait 25

by Stefano Bartolini and Hans Daalder

Part One: Comparative Politics

Chapter One: Comparative Politics: An Overview (1996) 45

Chapter Two: Concepts and Concept Formation (2008) 71

Part Two: National Politics

Chapter Three: The Autonomy of the Political:

The Development of the Irish Party System (1979) 93

Chapter Four: Explaining the Absence of Class Politics in

Ireland (1992) 115

Chapter Five: Electoral Volatility and the Dutch Party System:

A Comparative Perspective (2008) 143

Part Three: Party Systems

Chapter Six: Adaptation and Control:

Towards an Understanding of Party and Party System Change

(1983) 161

Chapter Seven: Left-Right Political Scales: Some ‘Expert’

Judgments (1984) 187

with Francis G. Castles

Chapter Eight: The Problem of Party System Change (1989) 205

Chapter Nine: Cleavage Systems (1990) 231

with Stefano Bartolini

viii On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy

Chapter Ten: Myths of Electoral Change and the Survival of

Traditional Parties (1992) 267

Chapter Eleven: Party Systems and Structures of Competition (1996) 281

Chapter Twelve: In the Aggregate: Mass Electoral Behaviour in

Western Europe 1950–2000 (2002) 305

Part Four: Political Parties

Chapter Thirteen: Continuity, Change and the

Vulnerability of Party (1989) 327

Chapter Fourteen: The Evolution of Party Organizations in Europe:

The Three Faces of Party Organization (1993) 349

with Richard S. Katz

Chapter Fifteen: Party Organizations: From Civil Society

to the State (1994) 371

Chapter Sixteen: Changing Models of Party Organization and

Party Democracy: The Emergence of the Cartel Party (1995) 393

with Richard S. Katz

Chapter Seventeen: Party Membership in Twenty European

Democracies, 1980–2000 (2001) 415

with Ingrid van Biezen

Chapter Eighteen: The Ascendancy of the Party in Public Office:

Party Organizational Change in 20th-Century Democracies (2002) 435

with Richard S. Katz

Part Five: European Union

Chapter Nineteen: The Limited Impact of Europe on National

Party Systems (2000) 459

Chapter Twenty: Political Opposition and the European Union (2007) 481

Chapter Twenty-One: Political Representation and Government in

the European Union (2010) 495

with Jacques Thomassen

Contents ix

Part Six: (The Future of) Party Democracy

Chapter Twenty-Two: Populist Democracy vs. Party

Democracy (2002) 513

Chapter Twenty-Three: Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western

Democracy (2006) 531

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Challenge to Party Government (2008) 555

Chapter Twenty-Five: Representative vs. Responsible

Government (2009) 581

Bibliography of Peter Mair 597

Index 613

Peter Mair (1951 – 2011) studied history and politics at University College Dublin.

During the 1980s, he was an assistant professor at the universities of Limerick, Strathclyde, Manchester and European University Institute, and in 1987, was awarded his doctorate by Leiden University for his thesis,
The Changing Irish Party System, today regarded as a standard work on the subject.

Mair continued to work at Leiden University, becoming professor of comparative politics in 1994. In 2001 he became co-editor of the journal
West European Politics.

In 2005 Mair rejoined the EUI as professor of comparative politics and government. There, he pursued research into democracy, indifference and populist parties, including the study of party systems and representation, and changes in the nature and functioning of democracy in developed societies in Europe.

Mair published extensively. His books include:
Representative Government in Modern Europe: Institutions, Parties, and Governments (with Michael Gallagher and Michael Lever; MacGraw-Hill, New York, 5th edition 2011); Political Parties and Electoral Change: Party Responses to Electoral Markets, (with Wolfgang Müller and Fritz Plasser; Sage, London, 2004); The Enlarged European Union: Diversity and Adaptation; (with Jan Zielonka; Frank Cass, London, 2002); Party System Change: approaches and interpretations, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997); Identity, Competition, and Electoral Availability: the stabilisation of European electorates 1885-1985, (with Stefano Bartolini, head of the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences; ECPR Press, 2007) which received the ISSC/Unesco Stein Rokkan Prize.

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This collection brings together some of the most significant and influential work by leading comparativist Peter Mair (1951–2011). The selection ranges from considerations on the relevance of concept formation to the study of party systems and party organisations; and from reflections on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union to the future of party democracy.'…a suitable tribute to an intellectual giant in the field of comparative politics.'

David Farrell, Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

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