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Membership Support for Political Parties: How Much Has Really Changed?

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/10.1093/0198279183.003.0007

Series: Comparative European Politics

 Membership Support for Political Parties: How Much Has Really Changed?

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A closer look at the British and German parties in the 1950s and early 1960s casts some doubts on the proposition that party members provide drastically reduced benefits for their parties in the contemporary era. Although new campaign and communications techniques have made party members’ efforts relatively less important in some fields of party life, these innovations have not diminished members’ absolute contributions of energy and money, and they have not replaced party members as a source of democratic legitimacy.

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

Chapter.  7748 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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