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Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power

Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, and Thomas Poguntke


This book uses the newly collected Political Party Database to investigate how political parties organize in contemporary parliamentary democracies. It develops new approaches and new measures for testing mid-level theories about the origins and impacts of parties’ organizational differences. Chapters in the first section catalogue cross-party differences in areas such as financial and staffing resources, party relations with societal groups, and roles of party members’ in party decision-making. These chapters find much greater similarities within countries than within party families. Chapters ... More

Keywords: political parties, party organization, representation, political participation, political finance, intra-party democracy

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan E. Scarrow, editor
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Political Science, University of Houston

Paul D. Webb, editor
Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

Thomas Poguntke, editor
Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Düsseldorf Party Research Institute, University of Düsseldorf

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1 Investigating Party Organization

Susan E. Scarrow and Paul D. Webb

Part 1 How Parties Organize

3 Which Face Comes First? The Ascendancy of the Party in Public Office

Luciano Bardi, Enrico Calossi, and Eugenio Pizzimenti

4 The Paradox of Party Funding

Ingrid van Biezen and Petr Kopecký

5 Still Connecting with Society?

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tània Verge

6 Varieties of Intra-Party Democracy

Benjamin von dem Berge and Thomas Poguntke

7 Patterns of Intra-Party Democracy across the World

Niklas Bolin, Nicholas Aylott, Benjamin von dem Berge, and Thomas Poguntke

Part 2 The Impact of Party Organization

8 Party Finance and Perceived Party Responsiveness

Marina Costa Lobo and Isabella Razzuoli

9 Candidate Selection Rules and Democratic Outcomes

Scott Pruysers, William P. Cross, Anika Gauja, and Gideon Rahat

10 Rules of Engagement?

Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, Susan E. Scarrow, and Emilie van Haute

11 The Effects of Manifesto Politics on Programmatic Change

Annika Hennl and Simon Tobias Franzmann

12 Party Organization and Party Unity

Conor Little and David M. Farrell

13 Conclusion

Paul D. Webb, Thomas Poguntke, and Susan E. Scarrow

14 Afterword

Richard S. Katz

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