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This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.
Chapter 6: In the Aggregate: Mass Electoral Behaviour in Western Europe, 1950–2000
In the Aggregate: Mass Electoral Behaviour in Western Europe, 1950–2000
During the 1990s, in each of four west European polities, governments were formed which were without precedent in post-war democratic history. The first of these occurred in Ireland in 1993, when the long-dominant Fianna Fáil party forged a coalition with the Labour Party, whose experience in office up to then had been confined to partnerships with Fianna Fáil's traditional opponent, Fine Gael. One year later in The Netherlands the three major secular parties, the Liberals, Labour and Democrats 66, formed the so-called ‘purple coalition’, the first government to be established in Dutch democratic history which did not also include the Catholic or Christian Democratic mainstream. The ...