Do Parties Still Represent?: An Analysis of the Representativeness of Political Parties in Western Democracies

1st Edition

Knut Heidar, Bram Wauters

Routledge
Published April 26, 2019
Reference - 186 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815362944 - CAT# K347180
Series: Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

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Summary

This book examines the representativeness of party membership and analyses the potential consequences of changing representativeness.

Parties with high membership ratios, as well as those experiencing severe decline, are compared and examined across countries with varying constitutional arrangements and party systems. The book discusses whether changing representative capacities lead to declining political representation of (group) interests, less representative party candidate selection processes and declining legitimacy for the political system. The book bridges two subareas that are usually not in conversation with each other: literature on the decline of party membership and that on group representation (gender, ethnic minorities and other social groups).

This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of party politics, political parties, representation and elections, and more broadly to people interested in European and comparative politics.

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