For many years after World War Two, the mass party model dominated Italian politics. High rates of membership and activism were considered to be essential for optimising electoral perfor mance, for optimising organisational resources, and for the legitimacy of the party itself. However, since the 1970s, and in particular since 1989, party-membership linkages have begun to weaken. Taking its point of departure from the recent literature, this article offers a theoretical framework for the examination of three differentmeanings of membership, associated with changing models of party organisation. Data from national election surveys, and from qualitative research on party activists, support the proposed the oretical framework. The article focuses on three Italian parties the De- mocratic Party, the Northern League and the Five-star Movement – discussing the similarities and differences, with implications for cross-national comparative studies.

The meanings of party membership. A comparison of three parties / Tuorto D; Passarelli G. - In: CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN POLITICS. - ISSN 2324-8823. - STAMPA. - 10:2(2018), pp. 170-192. [10.1080/23248823.2018.1474566]

The meanings of party membership. A comparison of three parties

Tuorto D;
2018

Abstract

For many years after World War Two, the mass party model dominated Italian politics. High rates of membership and activism were considered to be essential for optimising electoral perfor mance, for optimising organisational resources, and for the legitimacy of the party itself. However, since the 1970s, and in particular since 1989, party-membership linkages have begun to weaken. Taking its point of departure from the recent literature, this article offers a theoretical framework for the examination of three differentmeanings of membership, associated with changing models of party organisation. Data from national election surveys, and from qualitative research on party activists, support the proposed the oretical framework. The article focuses on three Italian parties the De- mocratic Party, the Northern League and the Five-star Movement – discussing the similarities and differences, with implications for cross-national comparative studies.
2018
The meanings of party membership. A comparison of three parties / Tuorto D; Passarelli G. - In: CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN POLITICS. - ISSN 2324-8823. - STAMPA. - 10:2(2018), pp. 170-192. [10.1080/23248823.2018.1474566]
Tuorto D; Passarelli G
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