Co-opting the state: how weak parties can make stable party systems

Schoeman, Albertus (2021) Co-opting the state: how weak parties can make stable party systems. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1466-2043

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Conventional understandings of party system institutionalisation assume that institutionalised parties are necessary for interparty competition to stabilise. However, this approach neglects the role of the state in shaping party competition. Using survey data from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, it is shown that weakly institutionalised parties can lead to institutionalised party systems if parties are able to successfully co-opt the state and use state resources to supplement party deficiencies. By developing a relationship that intertwines parties with the state, parties in young democracies do not need to institutionalise for stable party systems to form.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Party institutionalisation, party system institutionalisation, clientelism, patronage, South Asia, party politics
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 08:39
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 08:45

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