Factionalism in Political Parties: An Analytical Framework for Comparative Studies

GIGA Working Paper No 12

27 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2006 Last revised: 16 Aug 2012

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Matthias Basedau

German Overseas Institute (DUI)

Patrick Köllner

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Date Written: December 1, 2005

Abstract

Factionalism can affect the stability and institutionalization of parties and party systems and it can impact on the efficiency and legitimacy of political parties and political systems as a whole. Nevertheless, factionalism has only received scant attention in the comparative literature on political parties. As this paper shows, there is no dearth of conceptual approaches and hypotheses which can readily be used to advance the systematic analysis of factionalism. We survey the relevant literature and offer a comprehensive analytical framework to stimulate comparatively oriented and nuanced studies of the causes, characteristics and consequences of intra-party groups.

Keywords: political parties, factionalism, party organization, electoral systems, party finance

Suggested Citation

Basedau, Matthias and Köllner, Patrick, Factionalism in Political Parties: An Analytical Framework for Comparative Studies (December 1, 2005). GIGA Working Paper No 12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=909172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.909172

Matthias Basedau (Contact Author)

German Overseas Institute (DUI) ( email )

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Hamburg, D-20354
Germany

Patrick Köllner

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, DE D-20354
Germany

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