This book offers a critical and comparative examination of international support to political parties and party systems in emerging and prospective new democracies in several world regions. It combines the insights of a strong international grouping of leading academics and pioneering doctoral studies, and draws on extensive new field work inquiries. The wide-ranging coverage pools evidence from countries in Europe and Eurasia, Africa, East Asia and Central America. The book shows how far international support still has to go if it is to achieve its aims of helping party politics make a constructive contribution to furthering democracy. It advances our understanding both of the role the political parties are playing in the different polities and the sometimes negative impact of democracy promotion actors from outside.
By contributing original theoretical perspectives and empirical findings, the book points the way forward to agendas for future research and new courses of action. It will be of interest to academics and the policy-making and practitioner communities alike.
This book was published as a special issue of Democratizations.
1. Promoting party politics in emerging democracies: introduction. Professor Peter Burnell, University of Warwick and Professor André Gerrits, University of Amsterdam.
2. Party politics in Georgia and Ukraine and the failure of western political party assistance. Max Bader, doctoral candidate (submitted), Dept. Of European Studies, University of Amsterdam.
3. The consequences of partisanship in party aid: the case of Serbia. Marlene Spoerri, doctoral candidate, Dept. Of European Studies, University of Amsterdam.
4. Challenges and contradictions in promoting political moderation in the Balkans: the case of Bosnia Herzegovina. John Hulsey, Ostrom Fellow, Dept. of Politial Science, Indiana University – Bloomington, USA.
5. An uneasy symbiosis: the impact of international administration on political parties in post-conflict countries. Maja Nenadovic, doctoral candidate, Dept. Of European Studies, University of Amsterdam.
6. "Sons of war": parties, party systems and the international community in post-war El Salvador and Cambodia. Dr. Jeroen de Zeeuw, formerly University of Warwick and currently Policy Adviser at the Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development, The Hague, the Netherlands.
7. Democracy promotion in mixed regimes; the role of party aid in Morocco. Dr Nicole Bolleyer and Dr Lise Storm, both Dept. of Politics, University of Exeter, England.
8. Political party assistance in transition: Germany’s Stiftungen in sub-Saharan Africa. Kristina WSeissenbach, Research Fellow and Lecturer, Instiute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
9. In search of the impact of international support for political parties in new democracies: Malawi and Zambia compared. Professor Lise Rakner, Head of Dept, and Professor Lars Svasand, former Head of Dept., Dept. of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway.
10. Conclusion: party assistance and political party research. Dr Gero Erdmann, Senior Research Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Berlin, Germany.