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The Costs and Benefits of Enrolling Members

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/10.1093/0198279183.003.0002

Series: Comparative European Politics

 The Costs and Benefits of Enrolling Members

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Change in political party organizations can be characterized as movement along the dimensions of mediation, inclusiveness, and centralization. Among the reasons for parties to recruit are that members can provide their parties with legitimacy, votes, outreach, financial resources, volunteer labor, links to other organizations, new ideas, and candidates.

Keywords: fund‐raising; legitimacy; party members; party organization; political parties; volunteering

Chapter.  8386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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