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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

Party Organizations: From Civil Society to the State
Party organizations: From civil society to the state
Party Organizations and the Problem of Party Decline

The study of parties and party systems still constitutes one of the largest and most active subfields within comparative politics (for example, Janda, 1993). It is also a study which continues to present an immensely varied landscape, ranging from work which explores the relationship of parties to the wider society, through work which is concerned with the role of parties in government, to work which, often at a more theoretical level, deals with the interactions between parties and with the dynamics of party systems. We now know a great deal, for example, about cross-national developments in the ties which bind, or fail to ...

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