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Organizing Political PartiesRepresentation, Participation, and Power$
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Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, and Thomas Poguntke

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198758631.001.0001

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The Effects of Manifesto Politics on Programmatic Change

The Effects of Manifesto Politics on Programmatic Change

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(p.259) 11 The Effects of Manifesto Politics on Programmatic Change
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Organizing Political Parties
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Annika Hennl

Simon Tobias Franzmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758631.003.0011

The formulation of policies constitutes a core business of political parties in modern democracies. Using the novel data of the Political Party Database (PPDB) Project and the data of the Manifesto Project (MARPOR), the authors of this chapter aim at a systematic test of the causal link between the intra-party decision mode on the electoral manifestos and the extent of programmatic change. What are the effects of the politics of manifesto formulation on the degree of policy change? Theoretically, the authors distinguish the drafting process from the final enactment of the manifesto. Empirically, they show that a higher autonomy of the party elite in formulating the manifesto leads to a higher degree of programmatic change. If party members constrain party elite’s autonomy, they tend to veto major changes.

Keywords:   manifesto formulation, programmatic change, manifesto enactment, intra-party decision-making, policies

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