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date: 22 July 2018

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This article conceptualizes party systems as being separate from parties. It identifies the systemic properties of party systems for the comparative-static analysis of competition. It also investigates the historical-evolutionary competitive dynamic of party systems, where a historical-comparative analysis comes into its own beyond the study of formal properties of party systems and competition. This article avoids discussing party systems as independent variables that may account for outputs and outcomes of democratic politics.

Keywords: party systems, systemic properties, comparative-static analysis, competition, historical-evolutionary competitive dynamic, historical-comparative analysis, formal properties

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