Kay Lawson
Professor Emerita of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Journal Articles and Chapters in Others' Books

1971: “The Two‑Party System Reconsidered,” in William J. Moore, et al., ed., American Government and Politics, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

1976: “Nigeria’s Future Constitution: Academic Hopes vs. Military Intentions,” Journal of African Studies (Spring).

1978: “Constitutional Change and Party Development in France, Nigeria, and the United States,” in L. Maisel and J. Cooper, eds., The Development of Political Parties,  Sage.

1981: “The Impact of Party Reform on Party Systems: The Case of the RPR in France,” Comparative Politics (July). Also included in David Arter, ed., The International Library of Politics and Comparative Government, Dartmouth.

1981: “California: The Uncertainties of Reform,” Gerald M.Pomper, ed., Party Renewal in America, Praeger.

1982: “Political Parties Need More Than Money,” Newsday, October 10, 1982. Article syndicated and republished several times.

1983: “Corporatism in France: The Gaullist Contribution,” Fred Eidlin, ed., Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Comparative Politics (in honor of Henry Ehrmann), Westview Press.

1983: “New Directions for U.S. Political Parties,” a Public Affairs Report, Institute of Government Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

1985: “Party Renewal,” in John Kirlin, ed., California Policy Choices, University of Southern California.

1985: “Rallying for Power: The R.P.R. Prepares for 1986‑‑and After,” French Politics and Society (Fall).

1985: “Challenging State Regulation of Political Parties: The California Case,” Law and Politics (Fall).

1986: “Local Party Activists and Electoral Linkage,” American Politics Quarterly (Oct.) With M. Moakley and G. Pomper.

1987: “How State Laws Undermine Parties,” in A. James Reichley, ed., Elections American Style, Brookings Institution.

1988: “Party Renewal and American Democracy,” in Thomas E. Cronin and Michael Beschloss, eds., Essays in Honor of James MacGregor Burns.

1988: “Constitutional Change and Party System Change: The Meaning of Cohabitation for French Political Parties,” in Manuel J. Palaez, ed., Estudios de Derecho Constitucional Europeo.

1988: “The Impact of Cohabitation on French Political Parties,” Modern and Contemporary France (January).

1989: “Eu, Secretary of State of California, et al., v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee et al.,” Comparative State Politics Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 3 (June).

1990: “The Political Parties of California: Free for Democracy,” San Jose Studies (Spring).

1990: “Political Parties: Inside and Out,” a review article on comparative studies of political parties, Comparative Politics, October.

1991: “Ballot Access,” “Party Endorsing Procedures,” and “Eu, Secretary of State of California, et al., v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee et al.,” three short (550 words each) articles for L. Sandy Maisel, ed. Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections, Garland Publishing.

1991: “Gaullist Party,” “Union for French Democracy,” “Club Movement,” three short articles for Wayne Northcutt, ed., Historical Dictionary of the French Fourth and Fifth Republics, Greenwood Press.

1992: “Party Renewal: From Courtroom to Community,” in California Policy Choices, Vol. 7, Sacramento: University of Southern California.

1992: “Is California Going Republican?” for Maureen Moakley, ed., Party Realignment in the American States, Ohio State University Press.     


1992:  « L’évolution des partis politiques américains »  Revue Française des Sciences Politiques.

1992: « Le sens de la participation politique: perspectives gaullistes et américaines » Espoir, No. 85. (Sept), pp. 14‑21.

1992: “French Political Campaigning,” with Colette Ysmal, in Shaun Bouler and David Farrell, eds., Electoral Strategies and Political Marketing, Macmillan.

1992: “Why We Still Need Real Political Parties,” in James MacGregor Burns, et al., The Democrats Must Lead, Westview.

1993: “Questions Raised by Recent Attempts at Local Party Reform,” in Michael Margolis and John C. Green, eds., Machine Politics, Sound Bites, and Nostalgia: On Studying Political Parties, University Press of America.

1993: “Political Parties and Party Competition” in Joel Krieger, ed., The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, Oxford University Press.

1993: “The Impact of the French Electoral System on Women and Minorities,” with Miriam Feldblum, in Wilma Rule and Joseph F. Zimmerman, eds., Electoral Systems in Comparative Perspective: Their Impact on Women and Minorities, Greenwood Press.

1994: “Renewing Party Scholarship: Lessons from Abroad,” in William Crotty, ed., Political Parties in a Changing Age, special ed. The American Review of Politics, Vol. 4 (Winter), pp. 577-592.    


1994: “Michel Rocard,” in David Wilsford, ed.,  Political Leaders of Contemporary Western Europe, Greenwood Press.


1996: « Partis Politiques et Groupes d’Intérêt» Pouvoirs, No 79.

1997: “The Case for a Multi-Party System,” in Paul Hernnson and John Green, eds., Minor Parties in American Politics:Performance, Promise, Prospects and Possibilities, Rowman and Littlefield.

1999: “Do the Parties Matter?” in Michael Lewis-Beck, ed., How France Votes, Chatham House.


2000: « Comment Les Grands Partis Américains Font Face Aux Revendications Communautaristes et Aux Intérêts des Minorités » in Françoise Dreyfus, ed., Nouveaux Partis,  Nouveaux Enjeux, Publications de l’Université de Paris (Sorbonne).


2001: « Les influences des lois sur les partis politiques en France et aux Etats Unis, »  Melanges pour Pierre Avril: La Republique, Montchrestien.

2002: “The Case for a Multi-Party System,” in Paul Hernnson and John Green,eds., Multiparty Politics in America: Prospects and Performance, Rowman and Littlefield.  Revised version of article first published in 1997.


2002: “Introduction: Parties and NGOs in the Quest for Global Democracy, in Kay Lawson, ed., special issue on “Towards Global Democracy? The Role of Parties and NGOs in International Politics,” International Political Science Review, Vol. 23, No. 2, April.


2005: “Linkage and Democracy,” in Andrea Rommele, David M. Farrell, and Piero Ignazi, eds., Political Parties and Political Systems: The Concept of Linkage Revisited, Praeger


2006 “The International Role of Political Parties” in Richard Katz and William Crotty, eds., A Handbook on Political Parties, Sage U.K.


2006: “Political Parties: Social Bases, Organization and Environment,” with Mildred A. Schwartz, in Thomas Janowski, Robert B. Alford, Alexander M. Hicks and Mildred Schwartz, eds. The Handbook of Political Sociology, Cambridge.


2010: “Parties, Interest Groups and Movements: Shall Change be Midwife to Truth?” with Mildred A. Schwartz, in Subrata Mitra, Clement Spies and Malte Pehl, eds.,  Political Sociology: State of the Art,   Barbara Budrich Publishers.


2012:  “Political Parties” in Joel Krieger, ed., The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, Oxford University Press, second edition.   A thoroughly revised version of the essay published in the 1993 edition.





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