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Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power

edited by Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, and Thomas Poguntke
Format
Book
Published
Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Series
Comparative Politics
Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press)
ISBN
9780198758631, 0198758634
Summary
Political party organizations play large roles in democracies, yet their organizations differ widely, and their statutes change much more frequently than constitutions or electoral laws. How do these differences, and these frequent changes, affect the operation of democracy? This book seeks to answer these questions by presenting a comprehensive overview of the state of party organization in nineteen contemporary democracies. Using a unique new data collection, the book's chapters test propositions about the reasons for variation and similarities across party organizations. They find more evidence of within-country similarity than of cross-national patterns based on party ideology. After exploring parties' organizational differences, the remaining chapters investigate the impact of these differences. The volume considers a wide range of theories about how party organization may affect political life, including the impact of party rules on the selection of female candidates, the links between party decision processes and the stability of party programmes, the connection between party finance sources and public trust in political parties, and whether the strength of parties' extra-parliamentary organization affects the behaviour of their elected legislators. Collectively these chapters help to advance comparative studies of elections and representation by inserting party institutions and party agency more firmly into the centre of such studies.
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xvi, 345 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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