Party Systems and Country Governance focuses on the variety of party systems across the world and their effects on country governance and the conceptualisation and measurement of country governance. International aid agencies have spent millions of dollars believing that the presence of stable party systems contributes to better country governance. This study largely supports the assumptions of the aid agencies. To measure governance, the authors used the existing World Bank Governance Indicators for 2007 on 212 countries. They collected parliamentary party data for 189 countries. The authors identified fifteen additional countries that did not hold elections for parliamentary parties and eight countries that held non-partisan elections, seating no deputies by party. Together these 212 countries account for virtually all the variations in party systems across the world.
Kenneth Janda works in American government, political parties, elementary statistics, and computer methods. His books include Political Parties: A Cross-National Survey, Parties and Their Environments: Limits to Reform?, and the American government textbook, The Challenge of Democracy. He cofounded and coedits the international journal, Party Politics. In 2000, he won a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the American Political Science Association for his research on political parties. In 2005, he was a co-winner of the APSA Award for Best Instructional Software, and in 2009 he received the APSA's Frank J. Goodnow Award for service to the profession. Jin-Young Kwak is former chair and current professor in the Department of Political Science at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. Her co-authored Korean books include Governance: Diffusion and Internalization, American Governance in the 21st Century, Understanding Contemporary Party Politics, and The Politics of Governance. She also publishes widely on electoral behavior, women's rights, and regional issues in Asia. She currently serves as Secretary General of the Korean Association of Party Studies.