Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization

Miki Kittilson, Susan E. Scarrow

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Abstract

This chapter considers how political parties may be contributing to changes in the relationships between citizens and the democratic process in established industrial democracies. Parties may promote democratizing reforms through their rhetoric as well as through the culture they nurture within their own organizational domains. The changes in the values that parties have proclaimed in their election platforms are first examined. The changes they have made in their selection procedures, and in the inclusion of interest groups on parties' decision-making bodies are then assessed. The investigation finds that while few parties in these countries have given top priority to campaigning on democratic themes, many have nevertheless embraced an internal agenda of democratization, altering party rules to offer party members a greater say in party decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDemocracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191603259, 9780199264995
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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industrial democracy
say
selection procedure
party member
interest group
democratization
rhetoric
election
inclusion
citizen
decision making
reform
Values

Keywords

  • Democracies
  • Democratizing reforms
  • Inclusion
  • Interest groups
  • Platforms
  • Political parties
  • Selection procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Kittilson, M., & Scarrow, S. E. (2006). Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization. In Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/0199264996.003.0004

Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization. / Kittilson, Miki; Scarrow, Susan E.

Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kittilson, M & Scarrow, SE 2006, Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization. in Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/0199264996.003.0004
Kittilson M, Scarrow SE. Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization. In Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press. 2006 https://doi.org/10.1093/0199264996.003.0004
Kittilson, Miki ; Scarrow, Susan E. / Political Parties and the Rhetoric and Realities of Democratization. Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press, 2006.
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