How Parties Organize: Change and Adaptation in Party Organizations in Western Democracies / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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The empirical analysis of party organizations and party organizational change has long remained one of the least developed fields of study in comparative politics. Despite much discussion about the supposed 'crisis of party' and the 'decline of party' in Western democracies, we still know remarkably little about what goes on inside political parties.
Now, for the first time, this book takes a close look inside political parties, bringing together the findings of an international team of leading scholars. Building on a unique set of cross-national data on party organizations, the contributors set out to explain how parties organize, how they have changed and how they have adapted to the changing political and organizational circumstances in which they find themselves.
The contributors are recognized authorities on the party systems of their countries, and all have been involved in gathering data on party membership, party finance and the internal structure of power. They add to the analysis of these original data an expert knowledge of the wider political patterns in their countries, and thus provide insight into the development of parties and party systems from the perspective of the party organizations themselves.
Offering the most systematic and comparable analysis of how parties organize in contemporary Europe and the United States, this volume is essential reading for scholars and students of comparative politics and party politics.
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Table of Contents
Party Organizations - Peter Mair From Civil Society to the StateParty Organization as an Empty Vessel - Richard S Katz and Robin Kolodny Parties in American PoliticsThe Development of Austrian Party Organizations in the Post-war Period - Wolfgang C M[um]ullerThe Decline of Consociationalism and the Reluctant Modernization of Belgian Mass Parties - Kris DeschouwerParty Organizational Change in Britain - Paul D Webb The Iron Law of Centralization?Denmark - Lars Bille The Decline of the Membership Party?Finland - Jan Sundberg Nationalized Parties, Professionalized OrganizationsParties in a Legalistic Culture - Thomas Poguntke The Case of GermanyIreland - David M Farrell Centralization, Professionalization and Competitive PressuresItaly - Luciano Bardi and Leonardo Morlino Tracing the Roots of the Great TransformationThe Vulnerability of the Modern Cadre Party in the Netherlands - Ruud A KooleChange and Adaptation in Norwegian Party Organizations - Lars Sv[a with a circle on the top]asandParty Organizations in Sweden - Jon Pierre and Anders Widfeldt Colossuses with Feet of Clay or Flexible Pillars of Government?Transnational Party Federations, European Parliamentary Party Groups and the Building of Europarties - Luciano Bardi