Downsize My Polity? The Impact of Size on Party Membership and Member Activism

  title={Downsize My Polity? The Impact of Size on Party Membership and Member Activism},
  author={Steven Weldon},
  journal={Party Politics},
  pages={467 - 481}
  • S. Weldon
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Political Science
  • Party Politics
This study examines a long-standing concern in democratic theory: the relationship between polity size and democratic participation. Size is thought to have a direct effect on the individual's proclivity to take part in collective action, as well as indirect effects through increased bureaucratic complexity and group heterogeneity – two factors often related to group size. The study operates at two levels. At the nation-state level, it examines the relationship between size and party membership… 

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