The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe

The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe

The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe

The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe

Synopsis

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive anaysis of the organization of the political parties of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Conceived and framed with a common theoretical approach, four national teams of researchers followed a structural approach to the study of party organization, and they have underlined the various characteristics of the parties. The party analyses are not limited, however, to the usual measures of party organization--number of members, local branches, elected officials--or to their formal rules. Rather, the chapters highlight the power relationships among the various actors, leaders, and factions. This major work will be invaluable to all researchers and scholars dealing with contemporary European politics and party systems.

Excerpt

Kay Lawson.

The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe, edited by Piero Ignazi , University of Bologna, andColette Ysmal, Center for the Study of French Political Life, is the second volume published by Praeger in a series of volumes sponsored by the Work Group on Political Parties and Elections. the Work Group is a subgroup of the Committee on Political Sociology, one of the oldest and most distinguished international study groups, composed of the world's leading political scientists and sociologists, and affiliated with both the International Political Science Association and the International Sociology Association.

The first volume, How Political Parties Work: Perspectives from Within, edited byKay Lawson, was published in 1994, and included the study of the internal life of parties from a wide range of nations (Germany, France, New Zealand, the United States, Norway, Japan, India, Belgium, Israel, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, Great Britain and Spain). This eclectic volume has been well received, and has prompted the decision to publish further volumes dedicated to the parties of specific regions of the world. The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe continues the theme of the first volume, the internal dynamics of contemporary parties, and treats the major parties of France, Italy, Greece and Spain. a third volume, Political Cleavages and Parties in the New Europe (edited byKay Lawson,Andrea Rommele andGeorgi Karasimeonov), on the party systems of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania, is now in press. As its title indicates, this volume will move away from the study of internal party life and concentrate on the question of how well the new parties represent the cleavages which are emerging in this transformed and still-transforming system.

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