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Political Activism and Party Members

Susan E. Scarrow

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0034

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Political Activism and Party Members

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This article discusses the significance of the party members to their respective political parties. It shows the lessons provided by recent research about those who join parties and what this research may most likely suggest about the future of membership-based political organizing. It views parties as membership associations and studies party members. Their participation with parties and the democratic process is studied, along with the concept of linkage. The article concludes with a section on the relationship between the decline of party membership and the obsolescence of political participation.

Keywords: party members; political parties; membership-based political organizing; membership associations; democratic process; linkage; political participation; political activism

Article.  8438 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Political Institutions

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