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Political parties, international party assistance and globalisation


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This chapter introduces the challenge facing international democracy assistance in its endeavours to support political parties’ contribution to democratisation, given the constraints and opportunities posed by globalisation. To understand the role that democracy assistance can occupy here, it is first necessary to identify the relationship of party politics to democratisation, before going on to distinguish the different approaches that assistance can take. The chapter explores what globalisation means for the challenge of establishing democratically effective parties and party systems in new democracies, distinguishing potentially positive and negative effects. Some implications for how assistance to party-based democracy might respond are raised in Chapter 11.