Sartori reconsidered: toward a new predominant party system

Nwokora, Zim and Pelizzo, Riccardo 2014, Sartori reconsidered: toward a new predominant party system, Political studies, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 824-842, doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12078.

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Title Sartori reconsidered: toward a new predominant party system
Author(s) Nwokora, ZimORCID iD for Nwokora, Zim
Pelizzo, Riccardo
Journal name Political studies
Volume number 62
Issue number 4
Start page 824
End page 842
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 0032-3217
Keyword(s) predominant
party system
Summary Despite the success of his party systems theory, Giovanni Sartori’s predominant party system is a type that is consistently avoided by party systems scholars, yet the reasons for this have been unclear. This article exposes the flaws in Sartori’s predominant party system, but we also argue that it remains a useful concept and, consequently, that the literature’s rejection of predominance and retreat to the cruder dominance notion is unnecessary. Instead, we amend predominance to ensure its coherence within Sartori’s typology and consistency with his party systems theory. We show that our amendments improve the value of predominance as a category for empirical analysis of the effects of party systems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1467-9248.12078
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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