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Party and DemocracyThe Uneven Road to Party Legitimacy$
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Piero Ignazi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198735854.001.0001

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Party Resources at the Dawn of the New Millennium

Party Resources at the Dawn of the New Millennium

(p.174) 6 Party Resources at the Dawn of the New Millennium
Party and Democracy

Piero Ignazi

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 deals with the resources parties enjoy at the present time, and examines how such resources impact on the parties’ internal dynamics and on the relationship with the mass public. The chapter first provides an empirical survey of the evolution of party membership in West European countries, and discusses the different balance between the collective-symbolic and selective-material incentives parties have been providing (and citizens demanding). Secondly, it presents a unique, original set of data on party finances demonstrating the growing and large availability of money in most of the cases. In this respect the chapter scrutinizes the relationship between increasing financial resources and declining membership. Finally, the parties’ interpenetration with the state is discussed considering their patronage and clientelistic practices. The chapter concludes with an assessment that the search for more resources and assets made parties richer but, at the same time, lonely and, ultimately, delegitimated.

Keywords:   membership dimension, membership role, incentives, party financing, state funds, patronage, clientelism

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