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Citizens, Parties And The State
Citizens, Parties And The State
By Alan Ware
Princeton University Press, 1988, 282 pp

Most of this carefully structured and sometimes original study is concerned with the role of parties in the pluralist politics of Western Europe and the United States and how they relate to the theory and practice of democracy. The appraisal is clear and perceptive about the present, cautious as to the future. Some attention is paid to one-party states and to the question of whether they can properly be called, or may become, democratic. The course of perestroika in the U.S.S.R. and of political evolution in Yugoslavia and elsewhere makes this a pertinent question, at last for further reappraisal at a later date; as of today the author is right in reaching a verdict of "not proven."