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Political Party Membership in New Democracies

Electoral Rules in Central and East Europe

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Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alison F. Smith
    Pages 23-55
  3. Alison F. Smith
    Pages 57-85
  4. Alison F. Smith
    Pages 87-116
  5. Alison F. Smith
    Pages 117-146
  6. Alison F. Smith
    Pages 147-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-177

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

political parties party politics democratic transition electoral systems party funding Europeanisation Central and East Europe CEE East European Language Based Area Studies function of party members political behaviour party members in Central and Eastern European parties party members in new democracies party system institutionalisation party membership in young democracies comparative politics political campaigning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Political DevelopmentsLandsmeerThe Netherlands

About the authors

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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