This book analyzes parties beyond the national borders and their increasing institutionalization abroad, in order to understand their development, their organizational specificities, their functions, and their impact on the party system and national politics at home.

With 12 contrasted case studies, it comparatively addresses a wide range of perspectives on political parties abroad and lays the foundation for a framework of analysis of political parties abroad, contributing to a better understanding of transnationalism and long-distance democracy. The generalization of overseas voting and the development of representative institutions for emigrants has transformed the civic and political links between states and their diaspora. This has also created new opportunities for political parties, with the task to reach out to citizens living abroad, mobilize them for elections, and even organize their representation at home. This book represents the first in-depth study of an emerging phenomenon.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political parties/party politics, immigration, and more broadly to democracy studies and comparative politics.

chapter |18 pages


Why study political parties abroad? Diasporas as new arenas for party politics

part I|56 pages

Parties abroad to channel the vote of emigrants

chapter 1|18 pages

Radical right across borders?

The case of EKRE’s Finnish branch

chapter 2|18 pages

Federal structure and party politics as simultaneous opportunity and constraint

Transnational political engagement of overseas Americans

part II|58 pages

Parties abroad to select representatives

chapter 5|19 pages

En Marche, French expatriates!

The booming emergence of a new political actor among French residents overseas in the 2017 elections

chapter 6|18 pages

Extending the incumbency presence abroad

The case of MPAIS in Ecuadorian elections

part III|50 pages

Parties abroad as lobbying structures

chapter 7|19 pages

External voting without political parties abroad?

Comparing Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

chapter 8|14 pages

The activities of Israeli political parties abroad

More than just a voters' game

chapter 9|15 pages

Building party sections around Europe

The construction process of ‘Syriza Paris’

part IV|55 pages

Parties abroad to control emigrants

chapter 10|16 pages

Party politics in transnational and authoritarian settings

Tunisian pro- and anti-Ben Ali's regime parties in France

chapter 11|17 pages

The Algerian community's vote abroad

Challenges and strategies for political parties

chapter 12|20 pages

Party organizations across borders

Top-down satellites and bottom-up alliances. The case of AKP and HDP in Germany