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Har den interna demokratin i politiska partier försämrats över tid?
Samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen, Växjö universitet.
2009 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 46, no 4, 7-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Has intra-party democracy deteriorated over time?

A widely held view in contemporary party research is that intra-party democracy, especially in traditional mass parties, has deteriorated in the age of the cartel party. This common assessment, however, relies on insufficient empirical evidence, and is scrutinized in the article. The notion of a gradual progress towards the cartel party implicitly shares common characteristics with the classic theory of Michels. In order to investigate the actual fate of intra-party democracy, central aspects of Michels theory are explored over time in a critical case, namely the Swedish SAP. If intra-party democracy is declining, this tendency should be most likely to be observed in this case. Two internal decision-making processes, surrounding two major pension reforms – one expansion in the 1950’s and one retrenchment in the 1990’s – are compared based on criteria deducted from Michels. Instead of finding a decline in intraparty democracy, the results conclusively demonstrate major improvements.

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Sveriges sociologförbund , 2009. Vol. 46, no 4, 7-28 p.
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intra-party democracy, Michels, cartel party, social democracy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-19785OAI: diva2:861993

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