- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- 1 Institutions and the Evolution of European Democracy
- 2 National Courts and Community Law
- 3 On Studying Governments
- 4 What Is New About Governance and Why Does It Matter?
- 5 Executives in Comparative Context
- 6 The Political System of the European Union
- 7 Dismantling and Rebuilding the Weberian State
- 8 The Age of Administrative Reforms
- 9 The European Administration: Between Europeanization and Domestication
- 10 Europeanization and the Persistence of Administrative Systems
- 11 The Decline of Party?
- 12 Comparing Economic Interest Organizations
- 13 Interest Groups and the Brussels Bureaucracy
- 14 Contentious Politics in Western Europe and the United States
- 15 From Popular Dissatisfaction to Populism: Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Corruption
- 16 Democratizations in the European Periphery
- 17 The Politics of Regulation and European Regulatory Institutions
- 18 From Industrial Policy to a Regulatory State: Contrasting Institutional Change in Britain and France
- 19 Monetary Policy and the Euro
- 20 Recasting European Welfare States
- 21 The Changing European State
- 22 The Changing European State: Pressures from Within
- 23 International Relations, International Institutions, and the European State
The Decline of Party?
The Decline of Party?
- (p.179) 11 The Decline of Party?
- Governing Europe
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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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