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Political Parties in the Changing Democracy

Democracy
Democratisation
Elections
Government
Political Parties
Representation
Voting
S45
Kris Deschouwer
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties


Abstract

Political parties remain – although often lacking the trust of the population – at the centre of modern democracy. They are the key players in the competition for office, they select the personnel that represents the people and they govern in their name at several levels of government. Against this background of a lack of trust in parties, of increasing volatility and of declining voter turnout, parties feel the pressure to adapt, to change the way in which they function and the way in which they fulfill their role of representation and governing. In a democracy that is being questioned both for its lack of responsiveness and for its lack of good representation, political parties are at the same time in the centre of politics and in the eye of the storm. This Section welcomes Panels and Papers that reflect on the way in which political parties function today and in particular how they adapt (or not) to the changing context in which they function. Topics that might be covered in the Section are the internal organisation of political parties (membership, candidate selection, policy formulation, …), party strategies (electoral campaigns, coalition formation, …), parties in government, the challenges of new political parties, parties at the European level or any other theme that attempts to capture the role of political parties and democratic linkage in today’s democracies.

Code Title Details
P029 Candidates, Parties and Personalization View Panel Details
P033 Change and Adaptation in Contemporary Party Organisations: Comparative Perspectives View Panel Details
P162 Government Formation, Coalition Dynamics and Cabinet Termination View Panel Details
P215 Issue Dimensionality and Party Competition View Panel Details
P255 New and Emerging Political Parties View Panel Details
P275 Opposition Parties in European Legislatures under Pressure View Panel Details
P276 Organizational Dynamics of Party Moderation and Party Extremism: Toward New Analytical Frameworks View Panel Details
P291 Partisan Participation and Party Membership View Panel Details
P293 Party Organization View Panel Details
P294 Party Politics at Multiple Levels View Panel Details
P316 Political Parties and the European Union View Panel Details
P317 Political Parties Campaigning and Competing View Panel Details
P374 Responsive vs Responsible Government: How do Parties find the Balance? View Panel Details
P383 Search for 'Fifth Party Model': New Parties Phenomenon in Central Europe View Panel Details