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Measuring Intra-Party Democracy

A Guide for the Content Analysis of Party Statutes with Examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania

von dem Berge, B., Poguntke, Th., Obert, P., Tipei, D.

2013, IX, 65 p. 5 illus.

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  • The first guide for the quantitative measurement of intra-party democracy through deductive and standardized content analysis of party statues
  • Serves as a practical guide for individual researchers as well as for large-scale research projects that aim at quantifying and comparing levels of intra-party-democracy
  • The approach presented in this book can be applied to each political party in the world and allows for comparisons across time and space
  • The book presents the tools for the construction of a robust IPD index of any political party
This book presents an integrated approach to measuring the level of intra-party democracy through deductive and standardized content analysis of party statutes. Following the two main criteria of intra-party democracy – inclusiveness and decentralization – three main categories of intra-party democracy are theoretically derived: members’ rights, organizational structure and decision-making. On the basis of theoretical considerations further sub-categories and individual items are deduced from these main categories and put together into a comprehensive coding scheme. Furthermore, precise coding instructions are presented. Since it is the ultimate aim of this book to present an approach to measuring the level of intra-party democracy for any party statute and to express this in numerical terms, the final step is the quantification of the coded data and the calculation of a numeric measure of intra-party democracy. A numeric value of intra-party democracy can be calculated for any statute of any political party. Furthermore, empirical examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania are presented. ​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Central and Eastern Europe - Content Analysis - Intra-Party Democracy - Party Decision-Making - Party Organizational Structure - Party Statutes

Related subjects » Political Science

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