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the political economy of polarized pluralism
party politics (2007)
  • riccardo pelizzo
  • salvatore babones
Abstract

Building on the work of Giovanni Sartori (1976), this paper argues that the polarization of a party system is not simply a function of the depth of cleavages and cleavage structure, but also reflects contextual conditions. Specifically we show that as economic conditions worsen, polarization increases and may lead to constitutional breakdown

Keywords
  • party politics,
  • polarization,
  • constitutional breakdown,
  • political economy,
  • economic crisis
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
riccardo pelizzo and salvatore babones. "the political economy of polarized pluralism" party politics Vol. 13 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/riccardo_pelizzo/21/