Galina Stepanovna Lyubitskaya is Candidate of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Department of Social Work and Sociology at Far Eastern State Transportation University.
Yevgeniy Novomirovich Spassky is Doctor of Political Science, Head of Department of Social Work and Sociology at Far Eastern State Transportation University.
The paper is devoted to the analysis of the relations between the electorate and political parties. The authors delineate the major approaches which shed light upon the interaction of the voters and the parties, problems related to party identification as well as strategies of party factions aimed at consolidation of ties with their allies when faced with the diminishing influence of the former.
Key words: political parties, behaviour of the electorate, electoral systems, party systems, party identification.
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