Cambridge University Press, 2009. — 223 p.This book addresses the question of why a party system with a modest number of nationally oriented political parties emerges in some democracies but not others. The number of parties and nationalization are the product of coordination between voters, candidates, and party leaders within local electoral districts and coordination among candidates and elites across districts. Candidates and voters can and do coordinate locally in response to electoral incentives, but coordination across districts, or aggregation, often fails in developing democracies. A key contribution of this book is the development and testing of a theory of aggregation incentives that focuses on the payoff to being a large party and the probability of capturing that payoff. The book relies on in-depth case studies of Thailand and the Philippines, and on large-N analysis to establish its arguments. Allen Hicken is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, a Faculty Associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Political Studies. He studies elections, parties, and party systems in developing democracies, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.He has carried out research and held research positions in Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Cambodia. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and, with Ken Kollman, an NSF grant. His publications include articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies
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