Political Parties, Regimes, and Social Cleavages

Rachel Beatty Riedl

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Historical institutionalism is central to the study of political parties because party creation, competition, and adaptation are fundamentally processes structured over time. In these processes, time and sequence frequently are necessary components of causal arguments in understanding contemporary political outcomes. An historical approach to party politics highlights how, in particular moments, agency and contingency can generate long-term legacies, whereas in other moments party systems are resilient to elite attempts to re-order competition. Historical institutionalist arguments identify the mechanisms that sustain particular outcomes over time, and demonstrate when change occurs, according to which constraints, opportunities, and antecedent conditions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism
EditorsOrfeo Fioretos, Tulia G Falleti, Adam Sheingate
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199662814
StatePublished - 2016

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