Conceptualising Party Driven Movements

Muldoon, James and Rye, Danny (2020) Conceptualising Party Driven Movements. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. ISSN 1369-1481

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This article contributes to scholarship on the relationship between political parties and social movements by proposing a new model of ‘party-driven movements’ to understand the formation of a new hybrid model within existing political parties in majoritarian systems. In our two case studies – Momentum’s relationship with the UK Labour Party and the Bernie Sanders-inspired ‘Our Revolution’ with the US Democratic Party – we highlight the conditions under which they emerge and their key characteristics. We analyse how party-driven movements express an ambivalence in terms of strategy (working inside and outside the party), political aims (aiming to transform the party and society) and organisation (in the desire to maintain autonomy whilst participating within party structures). Our analysis suggests that such party-driven movements provide a potential answer to political parties’ alienation from civil society and may thus be a more enduring feature of Anglo-American majoritarian party systems than the current literature suggests.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications Journal British journal for Politics and International Relations
Keywords: political parties, social movements, British Labour Party, US Democrats, Momentum, Our Revolution
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Danny Rye
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 09:35
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 13:36

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