© 2009

Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching

  • Editors
  • William B. Heller
  • Carol Mershon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Importance of Party Switching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William B. Heller, Carol Mershon
      Pages 3-28
    3. William B. Heller, Carol Mershon
      Pages 29-51
  3. Party Switching and Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Norman Schofield
      Pages 55-79
  4. Party Switching, Party Competition, and Policy Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Gail McElroy, Kenneth Benoit
      Pages 147-172
  5. Party Switching and the Dynamics of Party Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Marcus Kreuzer, Vello Pettai
      Pages 265-285
    3. William B. Heller, Carol Mershon
      Pages 287-293
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-316

About this book


Political parties and democratic politics go hand in hand. Since parties matter, it matters too when elected politicians change party affiliation. This book shows why, when, and to what effect politicians switch parties in pursuit of their goals, as constrained by institutions and in response to their environments.


Institution parliament policy politics

About the authors

WILLIAM P. HELLER is Associate Professor of Political Science, Binghamton University, USA.
CAROL MERSHON is Associate Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, USA. 

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