Measuring party organization: The vertical dimension of the multilevel organization of statewide parties in Spain and the UK

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Abstract

Over the past few years, attention to the role of state-wide political parties in multi-level polities has increased in recognition of their linkage function between levels of government, as these parties compete in both state-wide and regional elections across their countries. This article presents a coding scheme designed to describe the relationship between central and regional levels of state-wide parties. It evaluates the involvement of the regional branches in central decision-making and their degree of autonomy in the management of regional party affairs. This coding scheme is applied to state-wide parties in Spain (the socialist PSOE and the conservative Partido Popular) and in the UK (Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats). It is an additional tool with which to analyse party organization and it facilitates the comparison of parties across regions and in different countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-63
Number of pages21
JournalParty Politics
Volume17
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jul 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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