© 2012

Multi-Level Party Politics in Western Europe


Part of the Comparative Territorial Politics Series book series (COMPTPOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 1-13
  3. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 14-29
  4. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 30-43
  5. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 44-57
  6. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 58-86
  7. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 87-130
  8. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 131-204
  9. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 205-239
  10. Klaus Detterbeck
    Pages 240-248
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 249-280

About this book


A study of territorial dynamics within party organizations in multi-layered systems. This book contributes to a new approach in party research which acknowledges the importance of multi-layered institutional framing. It includes an analysis of vertical linkages and sub-state autonomy in Austrian, Belgian, British, German and Spanish parties.


democracy federalism Institution Party Politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of MagdeburgGermany

About the authors

KLAUS DETTERBECK Senior Lecturer at the University of Magdeburg, Germany. He works primarily on political parties, territorial politics and European integration. Among his current activities is the coordination of a Global Dialogue project for the Forum of Federations on parties and civil society in federations.

Bibliographic information


'Detterbeck's book is a very impressive contribution to knowledge in a field of growing importance in political science: territorial (or regional) politics within the state. Detterbeck directly challenges the 'nationalisation bias' in conventional scholarship, which is especially strong in the study of political parties. He shows across an impressive range of European cases that party competition is 'multi-levelled', with distinctive, 'asymmetric' logics at statewide and sub-state scales; and that parties need to organise themselves in new, territorially differentiated ways to grapple effectively with those distinctive logics. The book provides a sustained challenge to the 'nationalisation bias' which is outstanding conceptually, methodologically, empirically and analytically.'

- Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK