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Workshop on party organisation and party competition in multi-level system

26/05/2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The complexity of politics in multilevel states, whether they are merely regionalised or fully federal, is a topic that is drawing increasing academic attention. These difficulties may be strategic: how do parties compete and form coalitions when they are competing in central and regional elections? Studies have for instance looked at multilevel coalition strategies in Germany or Spain (Debus, 2008; Ştefuriuc, 2013), while others have addressed programmatic challenges and party strategies for statewide and non-statewide parties in Spain, the UK and Germany. Statewide parties also face an organisational challenge in multilevel states: how do they organise at the regional level? How much programmatic and strategic autonomy do they provide to their regional branches in regional elections? A significant part of this literature has also focused on Western European parties, with additional research on a less likely case, Norway (Aarebrot and Saglie, 2013; Allern and Saglie, 2012), and a non-European case, Canada (Pruysers, 2015; Thorlakson, 2011).

This workshop invites paper abstracts on any topic relating to party organisation and party competition in multilevel countries. Papers may study the organisation of statewide political parties, analyse multilevel coalition strategies or compare patterns of multilevel party competition. This workshop particularly encourages papers that study non-Western European cases, although West European case studies or comparisons will still be considered.

Deadline: 7 March 2016
Please send abstracts to Elodie Fabre (e.fabre@qub.ac.uk) and Pedro Floriano Ribeiro (pfribeiro@ufscar.br)
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission by mid-March.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the organisers.


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Elodie Fabre & Pedro Floriano Ribeiro


Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, Ireland
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