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Alan Ware, The Dynamics of Two Party Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009)


Marsh, MI, Alan Ware, The Dynamics of Two Party Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009), Japanese Journal of Political Science, 12, (3) pp. 421-425. (2011) [Review Single Work]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S1468109911000193


This small book packs a considerable theoretical and practical punch. Alan Ware challenges much received wisdom about the dynamics of two party politics. In the process, he adds considerably to contemporary discussion of the intersection of structure and agency in the development and adaptation of political systems. Ware picks out two party systems for concentrated attention because of their relative tractability – in his words: ‘these systems are ideal for analysing the capacity of parties to pursue their interests in the face of both other actors within the political system and also of elements within the party itself.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:Alan Ware, review, two party politics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Marsh, MI (Professor Ian Marsh)
ID Code:75255
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2012-01-18
Last Modified:2012-02-06

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