‘Stretched but not Snapped’: A Response to Russell & Serban on Retiring the ‘Westminster Model’

Flinders, Matthew; Judge, David; Rhodes, R.A.W.; Vatter, Adrian (2021). ‘Stretched but not Snapped’: A Response to Russell & Serban on Retiring the ‘Westminster Model’. Government and opposition, 57(2), pp. 353-369. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/gov.2021.19

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This article engages with Meg Russell and Ruxandra Serban's (2021) argument that the Westminster model is ‘a concept stretched beyond repair’ that deserves ‘to be retired’. We examine the logic, theory and methods that led to such a powerful, potent and provocative argument. We suggest their approach may have inadvertently ‘muddied’ an already muddled concept. We assess the implications of ‘muddying’ for their conclusion that the Westminster model is, in essence, a dead concept in need of a decent funeral. We suggest the concept is ‘stretched but not snapped’ by developing a simple four-perspective broadening of the analytical lens. This approach aids understanding about what the concept covers, how it is operationalized and why it remains useful in comparative research

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0017-257X

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rahel Freiburghaus

Date Deposited:

19 Nov 2021 14:18

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2022 01:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/gov.2021.19

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/160739

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/160739

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