Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Parties Without PartisansPolitical Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Russell J. Dalton and Martin P. Wattenberg

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253099.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 September 2018

From Social Integration to Electoral Contestation

From Social Integration to Electoral Contestation

The Changing Distribution of Power within Political Parties

Chapter:
(p.129) 7 From Social Integration to Electoral Contestation
Source:
Parties Without Partisans
Author(s):

Susan E. Scarrow (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Webb (Contributor Webpage)

David M. Farrell

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199253099.003.0007

Assembles new cross‐national evidence on changes in the internal distribution of power within political parties. It hypothesizes that ongoing changes in candidate selection, leadership selection, and policy‐making enable more party supporters to participate in party decision‐making, but that these changes may coincide with a strengthening of central party powers. The chapter concludes that grass‐roots party members (and sometimes even non‐member supporters) commonly play a significant role in selecting legislative candidates and in legitimizing election programmes, though party elites generally retain vetoes over candidate‐selection and enjoy considerable autonomy in shaping party policy. However, the remains of the classic mass party model are especially evident in the significant number of parties that have congress delegates decide on the question of leadership. In these cases, the influence of the sub‐leadership stratum has not been completely eroded. Although patterns are mixed, there are now more instances around the democratic world where party leaders operate a coalition of power in which grass‐roots members are significant junior partners.

Keywords:   candidate selection, decision‐making, election programmes, elites, leadership selection, mass parties, membership, party structure, policy‐making, political parties

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .