Party Change, Recent Democracies, and Portugal

Party Change, Recent Democracies, and Portugal : Comparative Perspectives

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This book offers a critical overview on the literature on party change and provides original data on several dimensions of party organizations, focusing in particular on Portuguese political parties. The Portuguese case study will be used to illustrate how political parties evolve and the main differences in the trajectory experienced by parties in old democracies. Therefore, starting from the main theoretical contributions used to study party change, this book examines some key dimensions of the role played by political parties: ideological and programmatic orientations, the social basis of support, party organization, electoral campaigns and the elections of party leaders. Through a wide and rich data collection and the comparative perspective adopted, this book furthers our understanding of how Portuguese political parties have changed and the impact of this change on the quality of democracy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 159 x 236 x 24mm | 508g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 18 tables, 6 graphs
  • 0739193651
  • 9780739193655

About Marco Lisi

Marco Lisi is assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies at Nova University of Lisbon.show more

Review quote

Political Parties are central institutions of representative democracy, even if they are failing to perform many of their democratic functions. Exploring the relationship between political parties and democratization in Portugal, this book is a major contribution to the comparative study of party system configurations in Europe. -- Antonio Costa Pinto, University of Lisbon Marco Lisi's carefully crafted new book on Portuguese parties will be of great interest to a wide range of readers. The book provides an in-depth analysis of Portugal's political parties alongside an acute examination of major theoretical controversies in the comparative literature on political parties. The book manages to adeptly serve as an easy-to-follow introduction for those unfamiliar with these topics while simultaneously providing much in the way of valuable new analysis for those already familiar with Portuguese politics and the study of parties. -- Robert M. Fishman, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Using a variety of sources of quantitative and qualitative data on party membership, voting behavior, leadership selection, party platforms, and election campaigns, Lisi shows how the Portuguese party system and its adaptation to internal and external constraints have been characterized by a fundamental inertia regarding mechanisms of internal transparency, recruitment, and representation. It is true that, unlike what has occurred in other comparable cases, this has not resulted (yet?) in party system disaggregation on the face of recent massive economic and societal challenges. However, such resilience comes at a price of a 'divorce' between citizens and parties with no signs of reconciliation, with detrimental consequences for the quality of democracy itself. -- Pedro C. Magalhaes, University of Lisbonshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Party Change in Contemporary Democracies: the Analytic Framework 3. The Development of Party Organizations in Portugal 4. The Social Bases of Support: Voters and Party Members 5. Candidate and Leadership Selection 6. Ideology and Partisanship in Portuguese Parties 7. Parties and Electoral Campaigns 8. Conclusionsshow more