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Jack Hayward and Anand Menon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250154.001.0001

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The Decline of Party?

The Decline of Party?

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(p.179) 11 The Decline of Party?
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Governing Europe
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Gordon Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250154.003.0011

The question of party political decline is approached by examining four aspects that have featured prominently in debate: parties as representative agencies; party organization; parties in relation to the state and society; and parties in their ‘external’ environment. The last aspect includes discussion of the alternatives to party democracy and ‘party deficit’ in the European Union. Since this account is concerned with European developments, the effects of European integration on the role of political parties are particularly relevant. Before the main analysis is undertaken, the chapter takes a brief look at the whole question of party decline in its historical context.

Keywords:   European integration, European Union, history, party political decline, political parties and society, political parties and the state, political parties as representative agencies, political parties, political party organization

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