Centre for Change Governance

Connective Parties: New Party Organizational Forms in Five Democracies

Thu 21 April 2016Professor Henrik Bang and Dr Michael Jensen / 3.00 - 4.30 pmThe Dryzek Room (22B13), Building 22, University of Canberra

Professor Henrik Bang and Dr Michael Jensen will, as detailed in the summary below, be sharing their ongoing research on connective political parties.

After decades of declining party identification and membership across developed democracies, parties are rebounding. On the left, in many countries, we see the emergence of a form of party distinct from mass and cartel parties. These new connective parties seek to channel citizen anger from mass uprisings into innovations in party democracy. These new parties and transformations move beyond vote seeking and a logic of democratic representation to a logic of connecting citizens and political authorities in shaping the operation of the party and political life more generally. This project analyzes factors that facilitate and inhibit the endurance of connective parties in five democracies: Australia, Denmark, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

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