She focuses on four democracies in southern and east central europe and addresses political parties from a cross regional perspective featuring a wealth of new information on party organization this book provides a valuable theoretical and empirical contribution to our understanding of political parties in both old and new democracies. It argues that parties are no longer central to mobilizing political participation in either established or new democracies parties are at their most feeble in those recently transitional democracies characterized by personalistic candidate centred forms of presidential politics these countries are associated with weakly institutionalized party organizations low levels of legislative cohesion and undue executive encroachment on the media elsewhere in the recently transitional . The sister volume to a book called political parties in advanced industrial democracies this book offers a systematic and rigorous analysis of parties in some of the worlds major new democracies drawing on a wealth of expertise and data the book assesses the popular legitimacy organizational development and functional performance of political parties in latin america and postcommunist eastern europe it demonstrates the generational differences between parties in the old and new . Political parties in new democracies book read reviews from worlds largest community for readers ingrid van biezen provides a comprehensive comparativ. Ingrid van biezen provides a comprehensive and illuminating comparative analysis of party formation and organizational development in recently established democracies focussing on spain portugal
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