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Published: 26 November 2015

344 Pages


ISBN: 9780199022274

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Political Parties and Civil Society in Federal Countries

Wolfgang Renzsch, Klaus Detterbeck, and John Kincaid

  • Understudied interaction. While political parties have long been recognized as vital forces in federal systems, civil-society institutions have received much less attention (this is partly the result of weak civil society in many less developed federations). This collection brings new insight to this important interaction
  • Joint project brings together many experts. The Forum of Federations is an international network; the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) is an association of centres and institutes throughout the world
  • Reflects a worldwide interest in federalism. A big majority of nation-states are multinational, multilingual, multireligious, and/or multicultural. Understanding the interactions between political bodies within these states helps us understand the twin trends of globalization and regionalization evident throughout today's world
  • Diverse, comparative study. Each chapter provides an overview of its country's arrangements, institutions, and practices regarding political parties and civil society organizations
  • Important conclusions. This large-scale study sheds light on how opposition parties can challenge one-party hegemony in a federal state, as well as the decline of traditional party allegiances
  • Rigorous methodology. Following a multi-stage process, an internationally comprehensive set of questions covering institutional provisions and how they work in practice were drawn from current research on the topic. This became the template that guided roundtable discussions in each country
  • Worldwide scope. From countries with well-established traditions to more recent or "new" democracies, this comparative investigation helps understand the role of political parties and civil society in a range of federal systems
  • Reveals widespread variation. The interaction between parties, civil society, and federal institutions is marked by difference across the board; in some places, parties are more influential in shaping processes while elsewhere civil society prevails

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