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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 in Sweden: Colossuses with Feet of Clay or Flexible Pillars of Government?
Party organizations in sweden: Colossuses with feet of clay or flexible pillars of government?
JonPierre and AndersWidfeldt

Our concern in this chapter is focused on the question of party and party system change in a political system which, to a significant extent, is shaped by the presence of the political parties. This close, almost symbiotic relationship between the political parties and the state emerged primarily because both elements had a strong interest in the creation and maintenance of a stable and institutionalized system of party government. Thus, in order to understand the changes that have occurred within the party system and the party organizations we must look not only at the parties and ...

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