Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Hardcover | August 26, 2012

byPetr Kopecky, Peter Mair, Maria Spirova

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Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies brings together insights from the worlds of party politics and public administration in order to analyze the role of political parties in public appointments across contemporary Europe. Based on an extensive new data gatheredthrough expert interviews in fifteen European countries, this book offers the first systematic comparative assessment of the scale of party patronage and its role in sustaining modern party governments. Among the key findings are: First, patronage appointments tend to be increasingly dominated by the party in public office rather than being used or controlled by the party organization outside parliament. Second, rather than using appointments as rewards, as used to be the case in more clientelisticsystems in the past, parties are now more likely to emphasize appointments that can help them to manage the infrastructure of government and the state. In this way patronage becomes an organizational rather than an electoral resource. Third, patronage appointments are increasingly sourced fromchannels outside of the party, thus helping to make parties look increasingly like network organizations, primarily constituted by their leaders and their personal and political hinterlands.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.essex.ac.uk/ecprThe Comparative Politics series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science,Philipps University, Marburg.

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Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies brings together insights from the worlds of party politics and public administration in order to analyze the role of political parties in public appointments across contemporary Europe. Based on an extensive new data gatheredthrough expert interviews in fifteen European coun...

Petr Kopecky has published extensively in the fields of comparative politics, party politics and democratization. His books include Parliaments in the Czech and Slovak Republics (Ashgate 2001), Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Eastern Europe (co-edited, Routledge 2003), Political Parties and the State in Post-Communist Europe (...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:August 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Studying Party Patronage1. Petr Kopecky and Peter Mair: Party Patronage as an Organizational Resource2. Petr Kopecky and Maria Spirova: Measuring Party Patronage through Structured Expert InterviewsPart II: Party Patronage In Europe3. Oliver Treib: Party Patronage in Austria: From Reward to Control4. Maria Spirova: 'A Tradition We Don't Mess With': Party Patronage in Bulgaria5. Petr Kopecky: Give Me Trafika: Party Patronage in the Czech Republic6. Carina Bischoff: Party Patronage in Denmark: The Merit State with Politics 'On the Side'7. Stefanie John and Thomas Poguntke: Party Patronage in Germany: The Strategic use of Appointments8. Takis Pappas and Zina Assimakopoulou: Party Patronage in Greece: Political Entrepreneurship in a Party Patronage Democracy9. Jan Meyer-Sahling and Krisztina Jager: Capturing the State: Party Patronage in Hungary10. Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson: Party Patronage in Iceland: Rewards and Control Appointments11. Stephen Quinlan, Eoin O'Malley, and Peter Mair: Party Patronage in Ireland: Changing Parameters12. Fabrizio Di Mascio: Party Patronage in Italy: A Matter for Solitary Leaders13. Sandra Van Thiel: Party Patronage in the Netherlands: Sharing Appointments to Maintain Consensus14. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern: Party Patronage in Norway: No Room for Political Parties?15. Carlos Jalali, Patricia Silva, and Diogo Moreira: Party Patronage in Portugal: Treading in Shallow Water16. Raul Gomez and Tania Verge: Party Patronage in Spain: Extensive But Not Pervasive use of Appointments as s Tool of Party Government17. Matthew Flinders and Felicity Matthews: Party Patronage in the United KingdomPart III: ConclusionPetr Kopecky and Peter Mair: Conclusion: Party Patronage in Contemporary Europe