The Nature of Party Government

A Comparative European Perspective

  • Jean Blondel
  • Maurizio Cotta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. J. Blondel
      Pages 1-17
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. R. B. Andeweg
      Pages 119-140
    3. Wolfgang C. Müller
      Pages 141-160
    4. Jean Blondel, Jaakko Nousiainen
      Pages 161-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-241

About this book


The Nature of Party Government examines relationships between governments and supporting parties on a comparative European basis. The book does so at the level of principles: there is a major conflict between governments, which should govern, and parties, which being representative, wish to shape the way governments operate. The book studies relationships empirically as well: it shows that they occur on three planes, appointments, policy-making and patronage and assesses the extent of two-way influence, from parties to governments and from governments to parties.


conflict government Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Blondel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maurizio Cotta
    • 2
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.University of SienaItaly

Bibliographic information