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The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy

William P. Cross and Richard S. Katz


This volume provides a comprehensive examination of both the concept and the practice of intra-party democracy. Acknowledging that IPD is now widely viewed, among both democratic practitioners and scholars, as a normative good; this volume suggests that there is no single, or uniformly preferred, form of IPD. Rather, each party’s version of IPD results from a series of choices they make relating to the organization and division of power internally. These decisions reflect many variables including a party’s democratic ethos, its electoral context, state regulation and whether or not in governme ... More

Keywords: democracy, political parties, democracy promotion, party organization, intra-party democracy, party members

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661879
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William P. Cross, editor
Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, Carleton University

Richard S. Katz, editor
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University