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Beyond Party Members: Changing Approaches to Partisan Mobilization

Susan Scarrow


For more than a century members of political parties have played a central role in many parliamentary democracies, helping parties to mobilize voters, and visibly linking party leaders with their grassroots supporters. Yet in the twenty-first century, party memberships are shrinking. In response, many parties have been changing both the obligations and the rights of party members. This book investigates the changing status of party membership in nineteen established parliamentary democracies, asking when and why party memberships started falling, and why members have gained new political right ... More

Keywords: political parties, party members, multi-speed membership parties, political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Scarrow, author
University of Houston