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Party Members and Their Importance in Non-EU Countries

A Comparative Analysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Sergiu Gherghina, Alexandra Iancu, Sorina Soare


188 pages

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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]

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

This new series focuses on major issues affecting political parties in a broad sense. Therefore, we welcome any high-quality suggestions for edited, single or co-authored books dealing with political parties and party systems in Europe and beyond (by which we mean we are also open to comparative projects examining regions outside of Europe). In particular, we would like to invite book proposals that aim to improve our present understanding of political parties and party system through the examination of the following issues:

  • the crisis of political parties and the challenges party organizations face in the contemporary world
  • the increasing internal complexity of party organizations in terms of regulation, funding, membership, etc.
  • the more frequent presence of party system change
  • the development of political parties and party systems in under-researched countries

We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Comparative works will be certainly privileged. We also encourage proposals with a strong policy-impact focus.

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Book proposals should be sent to the series editors:

Ingrid van Biezen [email protected]

Fernando Casal Bértoa [email protected]

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