Beyond Party Members: Changing Approaches to Partisan Mobilization

Hardcover | December 27, 2014

bySusan Scarrow

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Beyond Party Members investigates two questions connected with these changes. First, when and why did party memberships start falling, and what does this reveal about who benefits in party-membership relationships? Second, why have numerical declines in overall party membership coincided withexpanding political rights for individual party members? To shed light on both puzzles, the author examines the origins of membership-based organization in nineteen countries, and considers contemporary parties' efforts to adapt this model to new circumstances. Her study shows why both supply-sideand demand-side forces are leading parties to offer party members more, and more meaningful, opportunities to participate in party decisions. They also lead parties to offer new and lower-cost modes of affiliation. These changes are producing Multi-speed Membership Parties, ones that offersupporters multiple ways to connect with a party. Beyond Party Members examines the consequences of these ongoing transformations for political parties, and for the democracies in which they compete. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published inassociation with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu. The Comparative Politics series is edited by Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia; Emilie van Haute, Professor of Political Science, Universite libre de Bruxelles; and Ferdinand Muller-Rommel, Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, LeuphanaUniversity.

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Beyond Party Members investigates two questions connected with these changes. First, when and why did party memberships start falling, and what does this reveal about who benefits in party-membership relationships? Second, why have numerical declines in overall party membership coincided withexpanding political rights for individual pa...

Susan E. Scarrow is Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. Her scholarship and teaching has focused on representation and electoral institutions, including political party development, direct democracy, and political finance. Her prior publications include Parties and their Members (Oxford University Press), Persp...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: The Puzzles of Party MembershipPart I: Party Membership: The Uneven Development2. Motives and Modes of Party Membership3. The Myths and Realities of Mass Membership Parties4. Explaining Enrollment Change: Looking Beneath the NumbersPart II: Party Membership: The Uncertain Future5. What Do Party Members Contribute?6. Multi-speed Membership Parties7. Making Membership Rewarding: Social and Material Benefits8. Making Membership Meaningful: Political Benefits9. The Consequences of Organizational Change