From cartel party to traditional membership organization: the organizational evolution of Fianna Fáil

Show simple item record Bolleyer, Nicole Weeks, Liam 2019-09-12T11:28:30Z 2019-09-12T11:28:30Z 2017-01-11
dc.identifier.citation Bolleyer, N. and Weeks, L. (2017) 'From cartel party to traditional membership organization: the organizational evolution of Fianna Fáil', Irish Political Studies, 32(1), pp. 96-117. doi: 10.1080/07907184.2016.1272586 en
dc.identifier.volume 32 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 96 en
dc.identifier.endpage 117 en
dc.identifier.issn 0790-7184
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/07907184.2016.1272586 en
dc.description.abstract This paper examines patterns of intra-organisational evolution and reform of Fianna Fáil as a party organisation before and after the 2011 Dáil election, widely considered an ‘earthquake election’ that fundamentally undermined Fianna Fáil’s status as the dominant party in the Irish party system. Electoral losses had triggered reform in Fianna Fáil prior to 2011, but such reforms tended to be minor, as the party expected its opposition status to be temporary. This orientation changed after 2011, as the party’s very foundation seemed threatened, having suffered a historic decline of its electoral support and membership. We argue that the post-2011 re-orientation can be usefully characterised as a movement away from organisational characteristics associated with the ‘cartel model of party organisation’ towards characteristics echoing more ‘traditional mass party structures’, an organisational model less dependent on state resources, and more able to generate loyalty through organisational means. Whether the 2011 reforms will lead to lasting change is likely to depend on whether, and if so how quickly, Fianna Fáil can reclaim its position as the major party of government. en
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dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.rights © 2017, Political Studies Association of Ireland. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Irish Political Studies on 11 January 2017, available online: en
dc.subject Party organisation en
dc.subject Party change en
dc.subject Cartel party model en
dc.subject Mass party model en
dc.title From cartel party to traditional membership organization: the organizational evolution of Fianna Fáil en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Liam Weeks, Government & Politics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Political Studies en
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dc.identifier.eissn 1743-9078

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