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The Changing Nature of Membership Parties

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/10.1093/0198279183.003.0008

Series: Comparative European Politics

 The Changing Nature of Membership Parties

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In the last part of the twentieth century, the biggest British and German parties strengthened the direct links between central party organizations and individual party members. They thereby transformed themselves into something quite different from the hierarchical and disciplined mass/branch parties that Duverger described.

Keywords: Britain; Duverger; Germany; party members; party organization; political parties

Chapter.  4582 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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