Measuring Intra-Party Democracy : A Guide for the Content Analysis of Party Statutes with Examples from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania


Berge, Benjamin von dem ; Poguntke, Thomas ; Obert, Peter ; Tipei, Diana



Document Type: Book
Year of publication: 2013
Place of publication: Heidelberg [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-36032-9
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: 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 numerical measure of intra-party democracy. The level of intra-party democracy ranges from −1 (lowest level of intra-party democracy) to +1 (highest level of intra-party democracy) and can be calculated for any statute of any political party. Additionally, we present some empirical examples from Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.




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