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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

Parties in a Legalistic Culture: The Case of Germany1
Parties in a legalistic culture: The case of germany

Political parties are curious objects of analysis. They are located somewhere between the orderly realm of the state and the fluid and sometimes chaotic sphere of society. And, by trying to provide what is arguably the most important linkage between state and society, they extend into both arenas. At the same time, parties have substantial influence on the legal fabric to which they are subject, and their accomplishments and failures mould the society of which they are part. Portraying parties as organizations, and attempting to identify the most important changes and continuities over time, therefore, confronts us with the problem of selecting the appropriate point of departure. Nevertheless, ...

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