Rowman and Littlefield International
State Formation, Parties and Democracy

State Formation, Parties and Democracy

Studies in Comparative European Politics

By Hans Daalder

Publication Date: Apr 2011

Pages 304

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301179
£36.00 €49.00 $55.00

This volume re-publishes classical studies by Hans Daalder on three major themes: the different paths towards state formation in Europe; their effect on parties and party systems and their alleged crises; and the rise and merits of the consociational democracy model. The book throws a unique light on the development of comparative studies after World War II as seen through the eyes of an active participant. In a fascinating preface Peter Mair contrasts two scholarly generations in the field of comparative and cross-national studies.


List of Figures and Tables vi

Acknowledgments vii

Preface – by Peter Mair ix

Chapter 1: Introduction – My life in Comparative Politics 1

I. Comparative European Politics: State Formation and Modernization 15

Chapter 2: Countries in Comparative European Politics 17

Chapter 3: Paths towards State Formation in Europe: Democratization,

Bureaucratization, and Politicization 33

Chapter 4: European Political Traditions and Processes of Modernization:

Groups, the Individual and the State 49

II. Political Parties 69

Chapter 5: Parties, Elites, and Political Developments in Western Europe 71

Chapter 6: Cabinets and Party Systems in Ten Smaller European Democracies 97

Chapter 7: Parties and Political Mobilization: An Initial Mapping 119

Chapter 8: In Search of the Center of European Party Systems 145

Chapter 9: Parties: Denied, Dismissed or Redundant? A Critique 173

III. The Consociational Model 191

Chapter 10: On Building Consociational Nations: The Cases of the Netherlands

and Switzerland 193

Chapter 11: The Consociational Democracy Theme 207

Chapter 12: Ancient Pluralism and Modern Democracy in the Netherlands:

The 1989 Erasmus Lectures at Harvard University 223

Chapter 13: Looking Back: The Development of the Study of Comparative

Politics 269

Appendix (Material Available Electronically) 287

Index 289

Hans Daalder was Professor Emeritus at the University of Leiden. He was one of the founders of the European Consortium of Political Research, of which he was President from 1976 to 1979. Recently he edited Comparative European Politics: The Story of a Profession (1997; new paperback edition 1999).

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