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Party Members and Party Organization

Susan E. Scarrow

in Parties and Their Members

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198279181
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198279183.003.0001

Series: Comparative European Politics

 Party Members and Party Organization

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One aspect of the debate about party decline is the question of whether political parties with large individual memberships (so called mass parties) are becoming a relic of the past. Political scientists have advanced both supply‐side and demand‐side arguments about why contemporary parties are likely to abandon efforts to enroll supporters as party members.

Keywords: mass parties; party decline; party members; party organization; political parties

Chapter.  9147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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