A Divided Nation: Polarization and the Two-Party System in Malta

  title={A Divided Nation: Polarization and the Two-Party System in Malta},
  author={Michelle. Cini},
  journal={South European Society and Politics},
  pages={23 - 6}
  • Michelle. Cini
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Political Science
  • South European Society and Politics
Since the early 1970s, Malta has possessed one of the purest two-party systems in the developed world. Malta's party system influences and is influenced by the intense political polarization of Maltese society, but it has also been shaped by other factors. This article explores these influences, by reviewing the party political, institutional and socio-cultural framework that characterizes Maltese politics. In so doing, it addresses the question why Malta, as a small and ethnically homogeneous… 

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