Party Organizations’ Campaign Strategies and the Electoral Context

29 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2014

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S. Aytaç

Yale University - Department of Political Science

Ali Carkoglu

Koc University

Ozge Kemahlioglu

Sabanci University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

What role do the party organizations play in electoral campaigns? While the literature looking at developed countries has emphasized the importance of party canvassing efforts by local party organizations during campaigns (i.e. Black 1984, Krassa 1988, Huckfeldt and Sprague 1992, Denver et. al. 2004, Karp et. al. 2008, Gorecki and Marsh 2012), most of the focus in studies on developing countries has been on parties’ local organizations as party machines that are involved in patron-client exchanges and vote buying (i.e. Ames 1994, Stokes 2005, Kitschelt and Wilkinson 2007, Stokes et. al. 2013). Although party organizations in developing countries also carry out canvassing during the campaign period, we do not have much detailed information on these campaign activities such as, for example, who the parties target in their visits. When the party machines are relatively more important or when the party systems are less institutionalized as in most developing countries or new democracies, do the canvassing efforts take a different shape than observed in developed countries?

Suggested Citation

Aytaç, S. and Carkoglu, Ali and Kemahlioglu, Ozge, Party Organizations’ Campaign Strategies and the Electoral Context (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2453791

S. Aytaç

Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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New Haven, DC 06520-8269
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Ali Carkoglu

Koc University ( email )

Rumelifeneri Yolu
34450 Sariyer
Istanbul
Turkey

Ozge Kemahlioglu (Contact Author)

Sabanci University ( email )

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