Although party membership has been extensively analysed in the EU Members States from Western and Eastern Europe, there is a gap in systematic data collection and analyses for the other countries in the Balkans and post-Soviet region.
This book provides new and innovative insights in the area of party membership research to analyse the evolution of membership organizations in political parties from under-investigated countries. Specifically, it seeks to understand the way in which political parties and the national legislation conceptualize the notion of membership within and across countries. It provides original data and affords a first comprehensive, comparative study of party members in the EU neighbouring countries, which resonate particular interest because some of them occupy the "precarious middle ground between a full-fledge democracy and outright dictatorship". In light of these relevant observations, this systematic analysis of membership evolutions in democratizing countries brings valuable insights for the study of party politics in general.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of political parties and party systems, party organisation and elections, post-Soviet and East European politics and more broadly to democratization studies and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
1. Party Membership and its Conceptualization in Democratizing European Countries: An Introduction [Sergiu Gherghina, Alexandra Iancu and Sorina Soare]
2. Incentives and Practices of Mass-Party Membership in Albania [Anjeza Xhaferaj]
3. Stable and State Subsidized Party Membership in Bosnia and Herzegovina [Jasmin Hasić and Mahir Sijamija]
4. Weak Membership and Personal Networks in Georgia [Nanuli Silagadze]
5. Membership Recruitment and Propaganda in Macedonia [Dane Taleski, Viktor Dimovski and Muhamed Halili]
6. Volatile and Election-based Party Membership in the Republic of Moldova [Igor Bucataru and Valeriu Mosneaga]
7. Oligarchic Party Structures and Membership in Montenegro [Zlatko Vujović]
8. Strong Leaders, Passive Members, and State-Dependency in Serbia [Dušan Spasojević and Zoran Stojiljković]
9. The Hidden Game of Party Membership in Ukraine [Agnieszka K. Cianciara and Kamila Zacharuk]
Sergiu Gherghina is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, UK.
Alexandra Iancu is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania.
Sorina Soare is a Lecturer of Comparative Politics at the University of Florence, Italy.