1st Edition

Political Parties and the State in the Global South State-Building, Corruption and Party System Change

By Albertus Schoeman Copyright 2025
    232 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book introduces a new framework for understanding how the relationship between political parties and the state shapes the development of political parties, party systems, and democratic consolidation.

    Drawing on comparative case studies spanning the Indian subcontinent, Africa, and East and Southeast Asia, the book shows how the sequencing of state-building and the development of political institutions can blur distinctions between political parties and the state with long-term consequences for their respective development. This includes understanding the effects of authoritarian and colonial legacies on shaping this relationship and the nature of interparty competition with significant consequences for public sector corruption, political stability, and the formation and institutionalisation of party systems.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratic development, comparative politics, party politics, and institutional development in the Global South.

    1. Introduction

    2. Understanding Party System Formation and Institutionalisation

    3. Democratic Transitions and Party Systems in Africa

    4. Authoritarian State-Building and Party Systems in Asia

    5. Political Parties and the State in South Asia

    6. Institutionalised Parties and Party System Change in India

    7. Weak Parties, Civil-Military Relations and the Pakistani State

    8. Party-Based State Capture and the Politicisation of the Bangladeshi State

    9. Political Parties and the State at Critical Junctures


    Albertus Schoeman holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex, UK, and is a former World Bank Africa Fellow. He works on issues of public sector reform, anti-corruption, and governance.