Party and Government

An Inquiry into the Relationship between Governments and Supporting Parties in Liberal Democracies

  • Jean Blondel
  • Maurizio Cotta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. Blondel, M. Cotta
    Pages 1-21
  3. Laurence Morel
    Pages 40-60
  4. Thomas König, Ulrike Liebert
    Pages 78-90
  5. W. C. Müller, W. Philipp, B. Steininger
    Pages 91-109
  6. Lieven De Winter, André-Paul Frognier, Benoit Rihoux
    Pages 153-179
  7. Maurizio Cotta, Luca Verzichelli
    Pages 180-201
  8. J. Blondel, M. Cotta
    Pages 249-262
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-284

About this book


Party and Government is an eleven-country study of the relationship between the governments of liberal democracies, mainly from Western Europe, but also including the United States and India, and the parties which support these governments. It examines this relationship at the three levels at which governments and parties connect: appointments, policy-making, and patronage. The emphasis is on a two-way relationship: parties influence governments but governments also influence parties. The extent and the direction of this influence varies from country to country. In some cases, governments and parties are almost autonomous from each other, as in the United States; in other cases, on the contrary, there is considerable power of one over the other: sometimes the party dominates, sometimes the government.


Europe Germany government Italy Policy state

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Blondel
    • 1
  • Maurizio Cotta
    • 2
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.University of SienaItaly

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