Otto Kirchheimer and the catch-all party

  title={Otto Kirchheimer and the catch-all party},
  author={Andr{\'e} Krouwel},
  journal={West European Politics},
  pages={23 - 40}
  • A. Krouwel
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Political Science
  • West European Politics
Otto Kirchheimer's conception of the catch-all party was part of his more comprehensive theory of party transformation, encompassing four interrelated political processes. By tracing the development of the catch-all thesis and placing it within the wider context of Kirchheimer's complete work, it is possible to reconstruct a more precise understanding of what Kirchheimer meant by the catch-all concept, which itself remains highly contested. Kirchheimer's anxiety about modern democracy… 
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