The discreet charm of political parties

TitleThe discreet charm of political parties
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsEnyedi, Z.
Journal titleParty Politics
Year2014
Pages194–204
Volume20
Issue2
Abstract

The article reflects on Peter Mair's work in addressing the claims of the decline of party thesis. The cartel party model is discussed, the relationship between parties and the state, the collusion of parties, the quality of representation provided by them, their organizational responses to environmental change, and their patterns of competition. Critical assessment of the theoretical arguments and a review of the relevant empirical evidence indicate that parties possess more autonomy and influence than suggested by the decline of party thesis and its attendant components, such as the dealignment model. Some of the commonly cited symptoms of party decline are corroborated, but the article highlights the adaptive organizational and social strategies of parties. These strategies, together with the success of parties in maintaining an essentially bipolar pattern of competition, contribute to the resilience of party politics.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177%2F1354068813519959
Publisher linkhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1354068813519959
Unit: 
Department of Political Science
Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations
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