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Rethinking Party Reform

Fabio Wolkenstein


The functioning of representative democracy crucially depends on political parties that mediate between citizens and the state. It is widely doubted, however, that contemporary parties can still perform this connective role. Taking seriously the ensuing challenges for representative democracy, this book advances a normative account of party reform, drawing on both democratic theory and political science scholarship on parties. Moving beyond purely descriptive or causal-analytical perspectives on party reform, the book clarifies on theoretical grounds why party reform is centrally important for ... More

Keywords: party reform, democratic theory, deliberation, party membership, democratic innovations, institutional design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198849940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198849940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabio Wolkenstein, author
Assistant Professor in Political Science, Aarhus University and Affiliated Researcher in Political Theory, University of Amsterdam