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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

The Decline of Consociationalism and the Reluctant Modernization of Belgian Mass Parties
The decline of consociationalism and the reluctant modernization of belgian mass parties
Party Structures under Consociational Rule

Until the early 1960s, Belgium was stable enough to puzzle authors linking political stability with cultural homogeneity (see especially Almond, 1956). In fact, Belgium is one of the typical examples of a consociational democracy (Lijphart, 1977), where potential instability turned out to be a self-denying prophecy, and where the prudence of the political elites led towards accommodation and power-sharing, rather than to system-destroying competition. Political parties play a very important role in such a democracy (Luther, 1992: 46). The parties are deeply rooted in society, and are much more than purely political organizations. They are the political centre ...

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