This book analyzes parties beyond the national borders and their increasing institutionalization abroad, in order to understand their development, their organizational specificities, their functions, and their impact on the party system and national politics at home.
With 12 contrasted case studies, it comparatively addresses a wide range of perspectives on political parties abroad and lays the foundation for a framework of analysis of political parties abroad, contributing to a better understanding of transnationalism and long-distance democracy. The generalization of overseas voting and the development of representative institutions for emigrants has transformed the civic and political links between states and their diaspora. This has also created new opportunities for political parties, with the task to reach out to citizens living abroad, mobilize them for elections, and even organize their representation at home. This book represents the first in-depth study of an emerging phenomenon.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political parties/party politics, immigration, and more broadly to democracy studies and comparative politics.
Introduction: Why Study Political Parties Abroad? Diasporas as new arenas for party politics Part I: Parties abroad to channel the vote of emigrants 1. Radical Right across Borders? The case of EKRE’s Finnish branch 2. Federal Structure and Party Politics as Simultaneous Opportunity and Constraint: Transnational Political Engagement of overseas Americans 3. Anti-Party Skew and Variation in Diaspora Outreach by Mexican Parties Part II: Parties Abroad to Select Representatives 4. The Organisation of Romanian Parties Abroad 5. En Marche French Expatriates! The booming emergence of a new political actor among French residents overseas in the 2017 elections 6. Extending the Incumbency Presence Abroad: The Case of MPAIS in Ecuadorian Overseas Districts Part III: Parties Abroad as Lobbying Structures 7. External Voting without Political Parties Abroad? Comparing Japan, South Korea and Taiwan 8. The Activities of Israeli Political Parties Abroad: More than Just a Voters’ Game 9. Building Party Sections around Europe: The Construction Process of ‘Syriza Paris’ Part IV: Parties Abroad to Control Emigrants 10. Party Politics in Transnational and Authoritarian Settings: Tunisian pro- and anti-Ben Ali’s regime parties in France 11. The Algerian Community's Vote Abroad: challenges and strategies for political parties 12. Party Organisations across Borders: Top-down satellites and bottom-up alliances. The case of AKP and HDP in Germany. Conclusion: A Framework of Analysis for Political Parties Abroad