Do Parties Make a Difference? by Richard Rose

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And it is evident that our whole political machinery pre-supposes a people so fundamentally at one that they can safely afford to bicker. 4 Balfour argued that agreement between the parties was derived from sharing a common set of values. The Consensus model emphasizes the things that politicians have in common, rather than the things that divide them. " The Consensus model is concerned with the basic values of the political culture, which support the institutions of the regime and the community to be governed, and set limits to legislation.

The Adversary Model of Party Policy In a two-party system, with one party in office and the other in opposition, the Adversary model of party policy posits that at a given point in time, Opposition intention is not equal to Government practice The Adversary model expresses the contrast between the position of government and opposition. It assumes that the party out of office will wish to emphasize or even create disagreements about policy with the party in government. The disagreements may be tactical, seized upon momentarily for the sake of "making'' differences.

The Consensus model emphasizes the things that politicians have in common, rather than the things that divide them. " The Consensus model is concerned with the basic values of the political culture, which support the institutions of the regime and the community to be governed, and set limits to legislation. 5 From a sufficiently lofty position, it could be argued that as long as all parties competing for office accept the Constitution, then differences on specific policies are of secondary concern.

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