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Excellent evaluation of the challenges faced by Western political parties, 21 Nov 2013
Excellent evaluation of the challenges faced by Western political parties and representative democracy more generally: increasing electoral volatility, declining mass membership and so on. Mair is not an optimist, as exemplified by the first line of the book: 'The age of party democracy has passed'.
The first three chapters extend upon his essay in the New Left Review (42, november 2006) (http://newleftreview.org/II/42/peter-mair-ruling-the-void), the latter chapters combine several sections of work published earlier in various working papers.