The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy

Hardcover | March 24, 2013

EditorWilliam P. Cross, Richard S. Katz

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The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy provides a comprehensive examination of both the concept and the practice of intra-party democracy (IPD). Acknowledging that IPD is now widely viewed, among both democratic practitioners and scholars, as a normative good, this volume suggests that thereis no single, or uniformly preferred, form of IPD. Rather, each party's version of IPD results from a series of choices they make relating to the organization and division of power internally. These decisions reflect many variables including a party's democratic ethos, its electoral context, stateregulation and whether or not it is in government. Individual chapters examine the relationship between party models and IPD, the decline in party membership and activism, the role of the state in regulating party democracy, issues relating to gender and party organization, norms of candidate and leadership recruitment and selection, party policydevelopment and party finance. The analysis considers the principal issues that parties (and the state) must consider relating to IPD in each area of party activity, the range of options open to them, current trends in terms of paths chosen, what these choices tell us about parties and, mostimportantly, what the implications of these choices are. In doing so, we offer a common language and set of questions relating to IPD that enhance the ability for consistent evaluation of the state of internal party democracy. Through thorough analysis of associated costs and benefits, we alsoprovide a framework to assist with considerations of IPD reforms - particularly in terms of their scope, the range of options available and their implications.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: a href="http://www.ecprnet.eu/"www.ecprnet.eu/a The Comparative Politics series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, and Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia.

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The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy provides a comprehensive examination of both the concept and the practice of intra-party democracy (IPD). Acknowledging that IPD is now widely viewed, among both democratic practitioners and scholars, as a normative good, this volume suggests that thereis no single, or uniformly preferred, form o...

William Cross' books include Politics at the Centre: the Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies, with Andre Blais, (Oxford University Press 2011) and Rebuilding Canadian Party Politics, with R. Kenneth Carty and Lisa Young (University of British Columbia Press 2000). From 2000-2010 he served as Di...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. William Cross and Richard S. Katz: The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy2. R. Kenneth Carty: Are Political Parties Meant to be Internally Democratic?3. Ingrid van Biezen and Daniela Romee Piccio: Shaping Intra-Party Democracy: on the Legal Regulation of Internal Party Organizations4. Richard S. Katz: Should we Believe that Improved Intra-Party Democracy would Arrest Party Decline?5. Lisa Young: Party Members and Intra-Party Democracy6. Sarah Childs: Intra-Party Democracy: a Gendered Critique and a Feminist Agenda7. William Cross: Party Leadership Selection and Intra-Party Democracy8. Anika Gauja: Policy Development and Intra-Party Democracy9. Gideon Rahat: What is Democratic Candidate Selection10. Susan Scarrow: Intra-Party Democracy and Party Finance11. Richard S. Katz and William Cross: Problematizing Intra-Party DemocracyReferences