This book takes a close look inside political parties, bringing together the findings of an international team of leading scholars. Building on a unique set of cross-national data on party organizations, the contributors set out to explain how parties organize, how they have changed and how they have adapted to the changing political and organizational circumstances in which they find themselves. The contributors are recognized authorities on the party systems of their countries, and have all been involved in gathering data on party membership, party finance and the internal structure of power. They add to the analysis of these original data an expert knowledge of the wider political patterns in their countries, and thus p
- Chapter 1: Party Organizations: From Civil Society to the State
- Chapter 2: Party Organization as an Empty Vessel: Parties in American Politics
- Chapter 3: The Development of Austrian Party Organizations in the Post-war Period
- Chapter 4: The Decline of Consociationalism and the Reluctant Modernization of Belgian Mass Parties
- Chapter 5: Party Organizational Change in Britain: The Iron Law of Centralization?
- Chapter 6: Denmark: The Decline of the Membership Party?
- Chapter 7: Finland: Nationalized Parties, Professionalized Organizations
- Chapter 8: Parties in a Legalistic Culture: The Case of Germany
- Chapter 9: Ireland: Centralization, Professionalization and Competitive Pressures
- Chapter 10: Italy: Tracing the Roots of the Great Transformation
- Chapter 11: The Vulnerability of the Modern Cadre Party in the Netherlands
- Chapter 12: Change and Adaptation in Norwegian Party Organizations
- Chapter 13: Party Organizations in Sweden: Colossuses with Feet of Clay or Flexible Pillars of Government?
- Chapter 14: Transnational Party Federations, European Parliamentary Party Groups and the Building of Europarties