An Internalist Perspective on Party Consolidation and the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces

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Title An Internalist Perspective on Party Consolidation and the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces
Author Sharman, Jason Campbell; Jr, Robert Phillips
Journal Name European Journal of Political Research
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Brussels
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract Scholars have traditionally held political parties to be indispensable to democracy, and recent studies of democratic consolidation have reaffirmed their importance. Yet analysis of the development of political parties in Eastern Europe and elsewhere has tended to understate the role of internal, organizational factors at the expense of external factors, such as the selection effect of electoral markets and presence of societal cleavages. We argue that creating effective governance and bargaining mechanisms inside party organizations are more important for institutionalizing parties than external pressures. We draw support for this thesis from an analysis of the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces, which after a series of internal splits and subsequent rounds of restructuring, moved from a loose umbrella formation toward an institutionalized party.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117963514/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2004.00159.x
Volume 43
Issue Number 3
Page from 397
Page to 420
ISSN 0304-4130
Date Accessioned 2007-07-09
Date Available 2009-10-20T22:13:02Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25357
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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