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Measuring Party Institutionalization in Developing Countries: A New Research Instrument Applied to 28 African Political Parties

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  • Matthias Basedau

    () (GIGA Institute of African Affairs)

  • Alexander Stroh

    () (GIGA Institute of African Affairs)

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The institutionalization of political parties is said to be important for democratic development, but its measurement has remained a neglected area of research. We understand the institutionalization of political organizations as progress in four dimensions: roots in society, level of organization, autonomy, and coherence. On this basis we construct an Index of the Institutionalization of Parties (IIP), which we apply to 28 African political parties. The IIP uses extensive GIGA survey and fieldwork data. Initial results reveal a more differentiated degree of institutionalization than is commonly assumed. In addition to illustrating overall deficits in party institutionalization, the IIP highlights an astonishing variance between individual parties and—to a lesser extent—between national aggregates. Further research on party institutionalization remains necessary, particularly regarding its causes and consequences.

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  • Matthias Basedau & Alexander Stroh, 2008. "Measuring Party Institutionalization in Developing Countries: A New Research Instrument Applied to 28 African Political Parties," GIGA Working Paper Series 69, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
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    1. Riccardo Pelizzo & Zim Nwokora, 2016. "Bridging the Divide: Measuring Party System Change and Classifying Party Systems," Working Papers 16/042, African Governance and Development Institute..
    2. Zim Nwokora & Riccardo Pelizzo, 2017. "Measuring Party System Change: A Systems Perspective," Working Papers 17/048, African Governance and Development Institute..

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    Political parties; sub-Saharan Africa; institutionalization; stability; legitimacy;

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