The Politics of Party Policy: From Members to Legislators

Hardcover | March 8, 2013

byA. Gauja

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Anika Gauja examines the complexities and tensions in the relationship between party members and parliamentarians through an in-depth analysis of the structures and processes that shape the development of party policy, and the respective role of members and parliamentarians in the formulation of policy and its transferral to the legislative arena. Providing a timely contribution to the current scholarly and public debate on the future of political parties, the book presents significant new evidence on the challenges facing both established and emerging political parties in encouraging citizen participation in policy development and counters some of the overly simplistic judgments that are often made about participation and disengagement by revealing the complexity of the relationships that are involved in modern party systems.

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Anika Gauja examines the complexities and tensions in the relationship between party members and parliamentarians through an in-depth analysis of the structures and processes that shape the development of party policy, and the respective role of members and parliamentarians in the formulation of policy and its transferral to the legisl...

Anika Gauja is a Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of political institutions in modern representative democracies. She has published widely in international journals including Party Politics, Parliamentary Affairs and the Journal ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:March 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230283454

ISBN - 13:9780230283459

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. Linking Participation and Representation: Intra-Party Policy Development
3. The Rhetoric and Reality of Policy Development
4. Arenas for Policy Development
5. Do Members Participate in Policy Development?
6. Opening up the Party and Creating Supporters' Networks
7. Do Party Elites Control the Policy Agenda?
8. Transferring Policy to the Parliament: The Roles of Elected Representatives
9. Attitudes to Representation
10. Parliamentary Decision-making and the Implementation of Policy
11. Conclusion: Policy-Making in Parties Today
Appendix: Policy Process Diagrams
References

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