Political Parties and Power: A New Framework for Analysis

Rye, Danny (2015) Political Parties and Power: A New Framework for Analysis. Political Studies, 63 (5). pp. 1052-1069. ISSN 1478-9299

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Abstract

Political parties are both vehicles for the pursuit of power and specific sites in which it is produced, organised, fought over, captured and lost. However, the literature on parties has not kept up with theoretical developments and largely lacks an explicit, systematic theorisation of power. To address this, a framework of power is proposed in this article that introduces some of the more nuanced and sophisticated insights of political theory to the analysis of parties without dismissing the benefits of more established approaches. Power is approached as a rich, multilayered concept, derived from diverse intellectual traditions. The framework acts as a heuristic which encapsulates individual agency, the strategic mobilisation of rules and norms, rationalisation and bureaucracy, the constitution of agents and the micro-level discipline of bodies. This provides a more satisfying framework for analysing power in parties than has previously been offered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Political parties and power: a new framework for analysis. Political Studies, 63(5), 2015 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9248.12143/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Keywords: power; political parties; organisation
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Danny Rye
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 15:03
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 16:38
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/953

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