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2021 Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and Gender

Democratic Innovation Within Political Parties

Political Parties
Party Members
Decision Making
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Anna Kern
Ghent University
Panel Co-Chair
Emilie Van Haute
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Panel Discussant
Anna Kern
Ghent University

23/08/2018 11:00 - 12:40
Building: VMP 8 Floor: 1 Room: 106
Various scholars, but also policy makers and activists, claim that an increased involvement of citizens in the political decision-making process could serve as a remedy to counter the alleged loss of legitimacy of representative politics (Tormey, 2015). Notably, democratic innovation also happens within political parties: Political parties increasingly adopt direct, participative internal decision-making processes (Katz and Cross 2013; Gauja 2016; Wauters 2010), such as alternative forms of party affiliation (Scarrow 2014) and more inclusive procedures of leadership and candidate selection processes, including party primaries (Cross and Pilet 2015; Scarrow, Webb and Poguntke 2017). Furthermore, political parties can provide a suitable environment for deliberative practices (Wolkenstein 2016). We welcome contributions that explore different kinds of intra-party democratic innovation.

Paper List

Title Details
Does it Pay Off? The Effects of Party Leadership Elections on Parties’ Trustworthiness and Their Appeal to Voters View Paper Details
E-Populism: a Tension Between Ideals and Reality View Paper Details
Mapping Democratic Innovations in Latin American Parties View Paper Details
Trigger or Treat? The Impact of Intra-Party Democratic Reforms on Membership Levels View Paper Details
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