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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 Organizational Change in Britain: The Iron Law of Centralization?
Party organizational change in britain: The iron law of centralization?
Paul D.Webb

The essence of the argument which will be examined in this chapter can be anticipated briefly: the major parties in Britain find themselves under increasing pressure in the 1990s, assailed by such phenomena as partisan dealignment, the progress (albeit often faltering) of minor parties and the diffuse sense of weakening legitimacy in the wake of the failure of governmental policies to counteract the widespread perception of Britain's continuing national decline. The response of Labour and the Conservatives to this pressure has occurred partly at the level of party organization. These are parties which always tended to be dominated by their parliamentary leaderships, as the classic ...

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