Rethinking Party Reform

ISBN : 9780198849940

Fabio Wolkenstein
208 Pages
153 x 153 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
Send mail

The functioning of representative democracy crucially depends on political parties that mediate between citizens and the state. It is widely doubted, however, that contemporary parties can still perform this connective role. Taking seriously the ensuing challenges for representative democracy, Rethinking Party Reform advances a normative account of party reform, drawing on both democratic theory and political science scholarship on parties. Moving beyond purely descriptive or causal-analytical perspectives on party reform, the book clarifies on theoretical grounds why party reform is centrally important for the sustainability of established democracies, and what effective party reforms could look like in an age where most citizens look to parties with scepticism and distrust. In doing so, this book underlines in distinctive fashion why scholars and citizens should care about re-inventing and transforming political parties, resisting widespread tendencies of either declaring parties unreformable or theorising them out of the picture.


1 Democratic Parties and Popular Sovereignty
2 A Deliberative Model of Intra-Party Democracy
3 Partisan Activism in the Age of Individualisation
4 The Circumstances of Partisan Deliberation
5 Partisan Deliberation in Action
6 Failures of Partisan Deliberation

About the author: 

Fabio Wolkenstein is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Aarhus University and Affiliated Researcher in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and the European Journal of Political Theory.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.