ABSTRACT

Membership of political parties is diverse. Not everyone participates and those who do, do not participate in the same way.

This book engages with the debate over the significance and future of political parties as membership organisations and presents the first broad comparative analysis of party membership and activism. It is based on membership surveys which have been administered, gathered and collated by a group of prominent party scholars from across Europe, Canada and Israel. Utilizing this rich data source together with the insights of party scholars, the book investigates what party membership means in advanced industrial democracies. In doing so, it provides a clearer picture of who joins political parties, why they do it, the character of their political activism, how they engage with their parties, and what opinions they hold.

This text will be of interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, particularly to those interested in representation, participation, political parties and elections.

chapter 1|16 pages

Introduction: party membership and activism

ByEMILIE VAN HAUTE AND ANIKA GAUJA

chapter 2|17 pages

Party membership in Spain and congress delegates

ByMONTSERRAT BARAS, OSCAR BARBERÀ, ASTRID BARRIO

chapter 3|16 pages

Party membership in Belgium: from the cradle to the grave?

ByEMILIE VAN HAUTE

chapter 4|16 pages

Party membership in Canada

ByWILLIAM CROSS

chapter 6|16 pages

Party membership in Germany: rather formal, therefore uncool?

ByTIM SPIER, MARKUS KLEIN

chapter 7|17 pages

Party membership in Israel: the era of party primaries

ByGIDEON RAHAT, OFER KENIG

chapter 8|17 pages

Party membership in Italy

ByGIULIA SANDRI, ANTONELLA SEDDONE, GIORGIA BULLI

chapter 9|17 pages

Party membership in the Netherlands

ByJOSJE DEN RIDDER, JOOP VAN HOLSTEYN AND RUUD KOOLE

chapter 10|18 pages

Party membership in Norway: declining but still viable?

ByKNUT HEIDAR

chapter 11|17 pages

Party membership in Britain: a minority pursuit

ByLYNN BENNIE

chapter 12|17 pages

Conclusion: members and activists of political parties in comparative perspective

ByANIKA GAUJA AND EMILIE VAN HAUTE