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Measuring Intra-Party Democracy

A Guide for the Content Analysis of Party Statutes with Examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania

  • Benjamin von dem Berge
  • Thomas Poguntke
  • Peter Obert
  • Diana Tipei

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 1-3
  3. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 5-15
  4. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 17-21
  5. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 23-30
  6. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 31-39
  7. Benjamin von dem Berge, Thomas Poguntke, Peter Obert, Diana Tipei
    Pages 41-42
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 43-65

About this book

Introduction

This book presents an integrated approach to measuring the level of intra-party democracy through deductive and standardized content analysis of party statutes. Following the two main criteria of intra-party democracy – inclusiveness and decentralization – three main categories of intra-party democracy are theoretically derived: members’ rights, organizational structure and decision-making. On the basis of theoretical considerations further sub-categories and individual items are deduced from these main categories and put together into a comprehensive coding scheme. Furthermore, precise coding instructions are presented. Since it is the ultimate aim of this book to present an approach to measuring the level of intra-party democracy for any party statute and to express this in numerical terms, the final step is the quantification of the coded data and the calculation of a numeric measure of intra-party democracy. A numeric value of intra-party democracy can be calculated for any statute of any political party. Furthermore, empirical examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania are presented. ​

Keywords

Central and Eastern Europe Content Analysis Intra-Party Democracy Party Decision-Making Party Organizational Structure Party Statutes

Authors and affiliations

  • Benjamin von dem Berge
    • 1
  • Thomas Poguntke
    • 2
  • Peter Obert
    • 3
  • Diana Tipei
    • 4
  1. 1.Mannheim Centre for, European Social Research (MZES)University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Comparative PoliticsHeinrich-Heine-UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  3. 3.Mannheim Center for, European Social Research (MZES)University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  4. 4.Mannheim Centre for, European Social Research (MZES)University of MannheimMannheimGermany

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