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Parties and Their MembersOrganizing for Victory in Britain and Germany$
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Susan E. Scarrow

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279181

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279183.001.0001

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Linking Party Strategies With Organizational Change

Linking Party Strategies With Organizational Change

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(p.150) 6 Linking Party Strategies With Organizational Change
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Parties and Their Members
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Susan E. Scarrow (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198279183.003.0006

In the last decades of the twentieth century, leaders of the largest parties in Britain and Germany began reexamining their parties’ organizational strategies to find new ways to use party members to generate electoral support. Evidence from party documents and debates shows that this change was both deliberate and intentional. In apparent defiance of Michels's ‘iron law of oligarchy’, party leaders seem to have been willing to give new rights to members in order to attract and maintain active party memberships.

Keywords:   Britain, Germany, iron law of oligarchy, Michels, party members, party organization, political parties

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