Author: Jana Morgan
Author info: Associate Professor of Political Science
Publication Date: December 2011
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Synopsis: In recent decades Bolivia, Colombia, Italy, and Venezuela all have faced the turmoil and democratic crisis of party system collapse. In this book, Morgan examines the causes of such collapse through a detailed examination of Venezuela’s traumatic party system decay as well as a comparative analysis of seven other countries. Collapse occurs when the party system as a whole is unable to provide adequate linkage between society and the state, failing to furnish programmatic representation, integration of major societal interests, or the exchange of goods and services for political support. Linkage decays when party systems face challenges that jeopardize their core strategies at the same time that they are constrained in their ability to adapt and to confront these threats. If this decay is unchecked and linkage of all sorts fails, then the bankrupt party system collapses.