Conceptualising the multi-level party

Two complementary approaches

D S Moon, Øivind Bratberg

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Abstract

While party research has seen a number of conceptual developments in recent years, it has not kept pace with parties becoming more territorial as a result of the increasing importance of sub-national and supranational governance. This article lays down a framework for conceptualising and analysing multi-level parties (MLPs). We propose a synthesis of the formal and non-formal aspects of power; the former highlighting party rules and procedures, the latter focusing upon the ideational structures – norms and competing ideologies/discourses – within which party members operate. For empirical research on the MLP we propose to focus on autonomy and influence to measure the extent of (formal and non-formal) multi-levelness and to grasp better the strategies of regional branches vis-à-vis the centre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalPolitics
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jan 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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  • multi-level party
  • multi-level governance
  • political parties
  • Welsh Labour
  • institutionalism
  • discourse

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Conceptualising the multi-level party : Two complementary approaches. / Moon, D S; Bratberg, Øivind.

In: Politics, Vol. 30, No. 1, 02.2010, p. 52-60.

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Moon, D S ; Bratberg, Øivind. / Conceptualising the multi-level party : Two complementary approaches. In: Politics. 2010 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 52-60.
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