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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

Transnational Party Federations, European Parliamentary Party Groups, and the Building of Europarties1
Transnational party federations, european parliamentary party groups, and the building of europarties

Both the history and development of the European model of democracy have been closely associated with the history and development of political parties. Thus expressions such as ‘party government’ or ‘party democracy’ now appear routinely in the literature on European governance, with few if any aspects of political life being seen as removed from the important role played by political parties.2 It is therefore hardly surprising that hopes for the democratic growth and development of the European Community (EC)/European Union (EU) often rest on the expectation that there will develop genuinely European political parties, that is supranational or at least transnational political ...

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