Political parties in Western Europe: linkage, legitimacy and reform

Webb, Paul (2001) Political parties in Western Europe: linkage, legitimacy and reform. Representation, 37 (3-4). pp. 203-214. ISSN 0034-4893

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A variety of evidence suggests that political parties in western Europe have been encountering significant (and in one or two cases severe) problems of public disenchantment. This seems to stem from two broad sources: first, a widespread sense that they are failing in the performance of some of the classic political functions attributed to them, and second, perceptions of impropriety and undue privilege. This article discusses each of these problems before turning to the question of reform. Although there are no panaceas, the author argues that a number of options are open to parties, including stronger regulatory frameworks, the extension of political education, and enhanced representative and participatory linkages.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 10:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27531
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