SpringerBriefs in Political Science

Measuring Intra-Party Democracy

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

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

  • 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
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About this book

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. ​

About the authors

Benjamin von dem Berge is a researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim in Germany. The main focus of his research is on political parties and party systems with an emphasis on European integration and transition processes.

Thomas Poguntke is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Director of the Düsseldorf Party Research Institute (PRuF) in Germany. He has previously held chairs at the universities of Keele, Birmingham and Bochum. He was series editor of numerous publications.

Peter Obert is a research assistant at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim in Germany. His main research focus is on political parties and political participation in particular with regard to Central and Eastern Europe.

Diana Tipei was a research assistant at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim in Germany. Her research focus was on theory-led content analysis and Eastern European political parties.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    von dem Berge, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Deduction of the Coding Scheme

    von dem Berge, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 5-15

  • The Coding Scheme

    von dem Berge, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 17-21

  • The Coding Procedure

    von dem Berge, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 23-30

  • The Proof of the Pudding: Arriving at Numbers

    von dem Berge, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 31-39

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eBook $39.99
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Softcover $49.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Measuring Intra-Party Democracy
Book Subtitle
A Guide for the Content Analysis of Party Statutes with Examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-36033-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-36033-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-36032-9
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 65
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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