The Cartel Party Thesis: A Restatement

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dc.contributor.author MAIR, Peter
dc.contributor.author KATZ, Richard S.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-04T18:42:37Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-04T18:42:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Perspectives on Politics, 2009, 7, 4, 2009, 753-766 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/13463
dc.description.abstract We restate and clarify the idea of the “cartel party,” a concept that has found considerable traction in studies of parties throughout the democratic world, including those far from the original research site and data on which the cartel model was based. The cartel party thesis holds that political parties increasingly function like cartels, employing the resources of the state to limit political competition and ensure their own electoral success. The thesis has been subject to varied empirical testing and to substantial theoretical evaluation and criticism. Against this background, we look again at the cartel party thesis in order to clarify ambiguities in and misinterpretations of the original argument. We also suggest further refinements, specifications and extensions of the argument. Following a background review of the original thesis, we break it down into its core components, and then clarify the terms in which it makes sense to speak of cartelization and collusion. We then go on to explore some of the implications of the thesis for our understanding of contemporary democracies and patterns of party organization and party competition and we identify a possible agenda for future research in party scholarship. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject three faces of party organization
dc.subject cartel party model
dc.subject party financing
dc.subject cartelized
dc.title The Cartel Party Thesis: A Restatement en
dc.type Article en


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