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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

Change and Adaptation in Norwegian Party Organizations
Change and adaptation in norwegian party organizations

Since 1960 the Norwegian party system has been characterized by, first, the loss of the Labour Party's dominant position; second, the erosion of the political centre through the virtual elimination of the Liberals and the slow decline of the Centre Party; third, a right-wing shift since the mid-1970s which has benefited the Conservative Party; and fourth, the emergence of new parties, the Socialist Left and the Progress Party, on the wings of the old party system. These changes have been accompanied by increased voter mobility and by an increasing share of those voters who decide their preferences very late in the campaign. Moreover, it has become rare for a government to survive ...

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