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The Handbook of Party Politics is the first book to comprehensively map the state-of-the-art in contemporary party politics scholarship. This major new work brings together the world's leading party theorists to provide an unrivalled resource on the role of parties in the pressing contemporary problems of institutional design and democratic governance today.

Political Parties as Mechanisms of Social Choice*
Political parties as mechanisms of social choice
Introduction: Rationality Approaches and the Study of Political Parties

If the use of rational choice theory in the study of political parties were a political candidate, it would be considered a front-runner with high negatives. Approaches that emphasize rationality have produced ...

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