Political Party Membership in New Democracies

Electoral Rules in Central and East Europe
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 13. Mai 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 188 Seiten
978-3-030-41795-6 (ISBN)
 
This book explores the impact of electoral rules on political party development in Central and East Europe. It finds that 'high district magnitude' proportional electoral systems encourage centralised organisational development and campaigning - where communication with voters is conducted primarily via mass, social and digital media - while small electoral districts stimulate grassroots campaigning. As a result, low magnitude electoral systems are more likely to create an active role for party members, stimulating membership recruitment. The book further examines how parties organise and campaign on the ground. The analysis of in-depth surveys and interviews with party elites in Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia sheds light on areas of party life that are rarely examined, including party fundraising. Overall, the effects of electoral systems on party organisation and campaigning reflect patterns previously observed in Western Europe, demonstrating that a degree of convergence has occurred.
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Alison F. Smith is a lecturer in comparative government, European politics and Russian politics. She has published several academic articles on the roles of political party members in Central and East Europe.
1. Parties and Members in the 21st Century2. Institutional Design and Party Membership3. The Functions of Party Members in Estonia4. The Functions of Party Members in Lithuania5. The Functions of Party Members in Slovakia6. Electoral Systems and Active Members
This book explores the impact of electoral rules on political party development in Central and East Europe. It finds that 'high district magnitude' proportional electoral systems encourage centralised organisational development and campaigning - where communication with voters is conducted primarily via mass, social and digital media - while small electoral districts stimulate grassroots campaigning. As a result, low magnitude electoral systems are more likely to create an active role for party members, stimulating membership recruitment. The book further examines how parties organise and campaign on the ground. The analysis of in-depth surveys and interviews with party elites in Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia sheds light on areas of party life that are rarely examined, including party fundraising. Overall, the effects of electoral systems on party organisation and campaigning reflect patterns previously observed in Western Europe, demonstrating that a degree of convergence has occurred.
Alison F. Smith is a lecturer in comparative government, European politics and Russian politics. She has published several academic articles on the roles of political party members in Central and East Europe.

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