‘The decline in party membership across Europe means that political parties need to reconsider how they engage with the electorate’ | I. van Biezen- LSE

‘The decline in party membership across Europe means that political parties need to reconsider how they engage with the electorate’ | I. van Biezen- LSE

While political parties continue to play a major role in the elections and institutions of modern European democracies, it seems that they have all but abandoned any pretensions to being mass organisations. In the face of the current crisis of public trust and plummeting confidence in parties and politicians, the time has perhaps come for the parties to seriously consider what forms of political organisation might be appropriate to representative democracy in the twenty-first century.

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