Political parties are the most important institutions of political mobilization in the context of mass politics. Whatever the nature of a civilian regime — whether based on the principles and institutions of liberal parliamentary politics, monopolistic forms of political leadership, or on some interpretation of Marxism-Leninism — political parties reflect the fact that government is no longer the prerogative of an hereditary elite or alien oligarchy, but rests to some degree on the support or mobilization of the masses. Parties emerge whenever the notion of political power comes to include the idea that ‘the mass public must participate or be controlled’ (LaPalombara and Weiner, 1966: 3).
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- Political Parties and Party Systems
B. C. Smith
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