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Political Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9346-2324
Umeå universitet.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Umeå universitet.
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political parties are essential for parliamentary democracy, the form of government that prevails in most European states. But how have parties adapted to modern society – not least a new layer of political decision-making in the EU? Should we talk of a crisis of party democracy?

This book reports the findings of a comparative survey of parties in four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden, all EU member states; and Norway, which remains outside the Union. Using original data, it explores how power is exercised within party organisations and their respective parliamentary groups.

Within an analytical framework that envisages a party as a series of delegation relationships, the book illuminates how leaders are chosen, how election candidates are selected, how manifestos are written – and how a party's various elements are co-ordinated. For all the challenges posed by multi-level governance, parties retain much of their capacity for making democracy work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 1. , 251 p.
Keyword [en]
political parties, Nordic countries, organisation, delegation, EU
Keyword [sv]
politiska partier, Norden, organisering, delegering, EU
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18560ISBN: 978-0-230-24373-6 (print)OAI: diva2:608479
Swedish Research Council, 2004-3641
Available from: 2013-02-27 Created: 2013-02-27 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved

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