Time after time:

party organizational strength in new and old democracies

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Party organizations, Political parties, Party membership, Party finance, Latin America

Resumo

The ‘time factor’ has not been systematically considered in cross-national studies on party organizations. Relying on the largest dataset to date on party organizations, namely the Political Party Database Project (PPDB), the article tests the impact of time as a two-level variable (duration of democracy and age of parties) on parties’ organizational strength in new and established democracies. We add original data from three Latin American countries to the nineteen countries covered by the first PPDB database (132 parties overall). The results suggest that parties in established democracies have less members and more money than those of newer democracies. Among the latter, the greater capacity for mass mobilization produces stronger parties—as in Latin America—compared to the Eastern European countries. The findings challenge the traditional view of the exceptional weakness of Latin American parties and point to the importance of time as a multilevel variable: besides the national context, the “ancestral” party origin in previous regimes have a large impact on organizational strength.

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Biografia do Autor

Pedro José Floriano Ribeiro, Federal University of São Carlos

Professor of Political Science at the Federal University of São Carlos, and Associate Editor of the Brazilian Political Science Review.

Luís Gustavo Bruno Locatelli, Federal University of São Carlos

Graduated in Social Sciences (2011-2014), Master in Political Science at UFSCar (2015-2016) and member of CEPP (Center for Political Party Studies) at the Federal University of São Carlos, in addition to winning the Eduardo Kugelmas Award in 2014 and 2016 - ABCP (Brazilian Association of Political Science) - 1st place.

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RIBEIRO, P. J. F.; LOCATELLI, L. G. B. Time after time:: party organizational strength in new and old democracies. Opinião Pública, Campinas, SP, v. 25, n. 1, p. 199–233, 2019. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/op/article/view/8656306. Acesso em: 2 dez. 2021.

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