Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power by Susan E. ScarrowOrganizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power by Susan E. Scarrow

Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power

EditorSusan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, Thomas Poguntke

Hardcover | July 12, 2017

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Political party organizations play large roles in democracies, yet their organizations differ widely, and their statutes change much more frequently than constitutions or electoral laws. How do these differences, and these frequent changes, affect the operation of democracy? This book seeks to answer these questions by presenting a comprehensive overview of the state of party organization in nineteen contemporary democracies. Using a unique new data collection, the book's chapters test propositions about the reasons for variation and similarities across partyorganizations. They find more evidence of within-country similarity than of cross-national patterns based on party ideology. After exploring parties' organizational differences, the remaining chapters investigate the impact of these differences. The volume considers a wide range of theories abouthow party organization may affect political life, including the impact of party rules on the selection of female candidates, the links between party decision processes and the stability of party programmes, the connection between party finance sources and public trust in political parties, andwhether the strength of parties' extra-parliamentary organization affects the behaviour of their elected legislators. Collectively these chapters help to advance comparative studies of elections and representation by inserting party institutions and party agency more firmly into the centre of suchstudies.Comparative Politics is a series for researchers, teachers, and students 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: The series is edited by Emilie van Haute, Professor of Political Science, Universite libre de Bruxelles; Ferdinand Muller-Rommel, Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University; and Susan Scarrow, Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Houston.
Susan E. Scarrow is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. Her scholarship and teaching focuses on representation and electoral institutions, including political party development, direct democracy, and political finance. Her prior publications include Beyond Party Members (Oxford Universi...
Title:Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and PowerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:July 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Susan E. Scarrow and Paul D. Webb: Investigating Party Organization: Structures, Resources and Representative StrategiesPart 1: How Parties Organize2. Paul D. Webb and Dan Keith: Assessing the Strength of Party Organizational Resources: A Survey of the Evidence from the Political Party Database3. Luciano Bardi, Enrico Calossi, and Eugenio Pizzimenti: Which Face Comes First? The Ascendancy of the Party in Public Office4. Ingrid van Biezen and Petr Kopecky: The Paradox of Party Funding: The Limited Impact of State Subsidies on Party Membership5. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tania Verge: Still Connecting with Society? Political Parties' Formal Links with Social Groups in the 21st Century6. Benjamin von dem Berge and Thomas Poguntke: Varieties of Intra-Party Democracy: Conceptualisation and Index Construction7. Niklas Bolin, Nicholas Aylott, Benjamin von dem Berge, and Thomas Poguntke: Patterns of Intra-Party Democracy across the WorldPart 2: The Impact of Party Organization8. Marina Costa Lobo and Isabella Razzuoli: The Impact of Parties' Financial Dependence on Citizens' Perceptions of Party Responsiveness9. Scott Pruysers, William P. Cross, Anika Gauja, and Gideon Rahat: Candidate Selection Rules and Democratic Outcomes: The Impact of Parties on Women's Representation10. Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, Susan E. Scarrow, and Emilie van Haute: Rules of Engagement? Party Membership Costs, New Forms of Party Affiliation, and Partisan Participation11. Annika Hennl and Simon Tobias Franzmann: The Effects of Manifesto Politics on Programmatic Change12. Conor Little and David M. Farrell: Party Organization and Party Unity13. Paul D. Webb, Thomas Poguntke, and Susan E. Scarrow: Conclusion: Assessing the Impact of Party OrganizationRichard S. Katz: Afterword