publication . Doctoral thesis . 2018

Party Members in Context. Social networks and local branches as context for party membership

Paulis, Emilien;
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  • Published: 30 Apr 2018
  • Publisher: Universite Libre de Bruxelles
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
In this doctoral dissertation, I put party members and activists back in context. I stress theimportance of two contextual dimensions, often overlooked in the scientific literature. On theone hand, I put forward social network explanations of party membership and activism,emphasizing the importance of social interactions, relations and structures, which were scarcelyexplored as potential triggers. Like other forms of participation, party membership haspredominantly been portrayed through individuals as isolated, independent units, disconnectedfrom their micro social environment. On the other hand, local party branches as research objecthave often been ignored in...
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free text keywords: Science politique générale, Party membership, Party activism, Social network, Local party organisation
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