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dc.contributor.authorSharman, JC
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, R
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:21:18Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:21:18Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.issn0304-4130
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1475-6765.2004.00159.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/25357
dc.description.abstractScholars have traditionally held political parties to be indispensable to democracy, and recent studies of democratic consolidation have reaffirmed their importance. Yet analysis of the development of political parties in Eastern Europe and elsewhere has tended to understate the role of internal, organizational factors at the expense of external factors, such as the selection effect of electoral markets and presence of societal cleavages. We argue that creating effective governance and bargaining mechanisms inside party organizations are more important for institutionalizing parties than external pressures. We draw support for this thesis from an analysis of the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces, which after a series of internal splits and subsequent rounds of restructuring, moved from a loose umbrella formation toward an institutionalized party.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBlackwell
dc.publisher.placeBrussels
dc.publisher.urihttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117963514/home
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom397
dc.relation.ispartofpageto420
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEuropean Journal of Political Research
dc.relation.ispartofvolume43
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.titleAn Internalist Perspective on Party Consolidation and the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2015-05-31T22:20:37Z
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSharman, Jason C.


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