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An "authority list" is a controlled vocabulary of descriptive terms designed to facilitate retrieval of information.

Choose up to five terms from the menus below that reflect the central aspects of your manuscript.


Headings for Term Menus
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Descriptions of the Term Categories

Unit of analysis

refers to the primary foci of the articles


refers to common geographical divisions of the world.


names were applied when specific nations were treated at length

Method of inquiry

refers to the nature of the study or analysis reported in the articles.

Classifying political parties

describes authors' efforts to place political parties in analytical categories or along conceptual dimensions.

Analyzing individuals

eflects authors' attention to the traits or behaviors of the persons studied--be they citizens or voters, party leaders, legislators, party candidates, or other individuals.

Relations with society

pertains to how political parties connect with the political and social system.


references four aspects of party organization: "Locus of power" within the party organization; its "Structural complexity," "Leadership," "Membership," and organizational "Coherence."

Goals, policies, strategies

pertains to what political parties aim to do as well as what they actually do. This includes whether they pursue "office goals" or "policy goals," their "issue advocacy," and their "campaign activities."

Political Environment

encompasses a broad set of concepts, including those related to "National culture," "Electoral systems," "Democratization" and various forms of democracy, "Governmental structure," and other aspects of the "Political system."

Party system properties

refers to traits of party systems reported in the articles.

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