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Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Petr Kopecký, Peter Mair, and Maria Spirova


This volume brings together insights from the worlds of party politics and public administration in order to analyse the role of political parties in public appointments across contemporary Europe. Based on extensive new data gathered through expert interviews in fifteen European countries, this book offers the first systematic comparative assessment of the scale of party patronage and its role in sustaining modern party governments. Among the key findings are: first, patronage appointments tend to be increasingly dominated by the party in public office rather than being used or controlled by ... More

Keywords: political parties, party patronage, party government, expert interviews, organizational resource, control patronage, network organization

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Petr Kopecký, editor
Professor of Comparative Politics, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University

Peter Mair, editor
Former Professor of Comparative Politics and Dean of Graduate Studies, European University Institute, Florence

Maria Spirova, editor
Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University

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Part 1: Studying Party Patronage

Chapter 2 Measuring Party Patronage Through Structured Expert Interviews

Petr Kopecky Leiden University and Maria Spirova Leiden University

Part 2: Party Patronage in Europe

Chapter 9 Party Patronage in Hungary: Capturing the State

Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling and Krisztina Jáger

Chapter 11 Party Patronage in Ireland: Changing Parameters

Eoin O’Malley, Stephen Quinlan, and Peter Mair

Chapter 12 Party Patronage in Italy: A Matter for Solitary Leaders

Fabrizio di Mascio, University of Florence

Chapter 14 Appointments to Public Administration in Norway: No Room for Political Parties?

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Institute for Social Research, Oslo

Chapter 15 Party Patronage in Portugal: Treading in Shallow Water

Carlos Jalali, University of Aveiro, Patrícia Silva, University of Aveiro, and Diogo Moreira, University of Lisbon

Part 3: Conclusion