Ann-Kristin Kölln

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    How internal disagreements affect the success of political parties: Evidence from Sweden

How internal disagreements affect the success of political parties: Evidence from Sweden

While political parties generally try and present a united front to the electorate, there can often be a significant gap between the policies supported by a party’s membership and the party leadership. Based on survey evidence in Sweden, Ann-Kristin Kölln and Jonathan Polk assess how these differences can affect the ability of parties to fight elections and how researchers […]

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    Not all European parties are losing members, but those that are tend to be older and more institutionalised

Not all European parties are losing members, but those that are tend to be older and more institutionalised

Party membership is often cited as being uniformly in decline across European democracies. Based on results from a study of 47 parties in six European countries between 1960 and 2010, Ann-Kristin Kölln writes that while this is true for some parties, it is by no means true for all. She notes that almost a quarter of the parties contained […]

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