Rowman and Littlefield International
Joining Political Organisations

Joining Political Organisations

Institutions, Mobilisation and Participation in Western Democracies

By Laura Morales

Publication Date: Apr 2005

Pages 264

ECPR Press

Paperback 9780955248894
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

From political parties to environmental organisations, citizens join a host of associations in order to influence policymaking and political agendas. Yet why in some western democracies do citizens join political organisations much more than in others? Drawing on a large number of cross-national surveys and data sets, Morales shows that huge cross-national variations in political membership are not so much related to social or attitudinal differences between these countries' citizens, but are explained to a great extent by the structure of the political system of each nation.

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