Political Parties in Multi-level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared

Hardcover | February 18, 2013

byNicholas Aylott, Torbjorn Bergman, Magnus Blomgren

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Political parties are essential for parliamentary democracy, the form of government that prevails in most European states. But how have parties adapted to modern society – not least a new layer of political decision-making in the EU? Should we talk of a crisis of party democracy?This book reports the findings of a comparative survey of parties in four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden, all EU member states; and Norway, which remains outside the Union. Using original data, it explores how power is exercised within party organisations and their respective parliamentary groups. Within an analytical framework that envisages a party as a series of delegation relationships, the book illuminates how leaders are chosen, how election candidates are selected, how manifestos are written – and how a party's various elements are co-ordinated. For all the challenges posed by multi-level governance, parties retain much of their capacity for making democracy work.

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Political parties are essential for parliamentary democracy, the form of government that prevails in most European states. But how have parties adapted to modern society – not least a new layer of political decision-making in the EU? Should we talk of a crisis of party democracy?This book reports the findings of a comparative survey of...

Nicholas Aylott is senior lecturer in political science at Södertörn University, Sweden. His research interest is in comparative European politics and, especially, political parties. Among his publications in this field is a co-edited book, The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation (2007).M...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 10.82 × 5.77 × 0.92 inPublished:February 18, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230243738

ISBN - 13:9780230243736

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Notes on the Authors
Parties and the Challenge of Multi-Level Politics
Principals, Agents, Parties and the EU
Denmark: Party Agents on Tight Leashes
Finland: From Permissive Consensus to Angry Birds?
Norway: Strong Yet Marginalised Parties
Sweden: Power to the Parliamentarians?
Conclusions: Nordic Political Parties, European Union and the Challenge
References