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Political parties as actors of transnational politics

Following globalization and transnationalization trends, emigrants have increasingly obtained voting rights, but also specific representative institutions and direct representation in the national parliament in their country of origin. These reforms have important political and electoral consequences and constitute opportunities and challenges for political parties who face the choice of engaging or not in this new arena. Combining the literature on transnational politics and classic theories of party organizations, this Special Issue investigates (1) what parties abroad are, (2) when and why do they emerge and develop, (3) how they organize, and (4) what role they play. 

The Special Issue intends to propose a framework for analysis of political parties abroad. All papers use original data to address the questions of the organization and functions of parties abroad. In doing so, they contribute to a better understanding of transnationalism, long-distance democracy, and party politics.

Edited by Emilie van Haute and Tudi Kernalegenn

Political parties abroad as actors of transnational politics
This paper argues that parties abroad are the actors of a new arena for citizenship and party politics. The proliferation of overseas voting and the development of representative institutions for emigrants has...
Authors: Emilie van Haute and Tudi Kernalegenn
Published on: 28 June 2021

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Party expats? Mapping transnational party branches of French, German and UK parties
Today many parties interact with members and supporters outside their national borders. One way parties do so is by establishing transnational party branches. However so far, there is a lack of theoretical and...
Authors: Felix-Christopher von Nostitz
Published on: 25 March 2021

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Parties beyond national borders: exploring the activities of Israeli political parties abroad
In recent decades it has become a common practice for political parties to have active branches operating outside of their countries. The main reason for this practice is to mobilize potential voters living abroad...
Authors: Avital Friedman and Ofer Kenig
Published on: 31 May 2021

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The membership of parties abroad: a case study of the UK
Against a long trend decline in the membership of political parties in Western democracies, there has been an unexpected surge in the UK since 2015. Interestingly, this phenomenon has also been observed amongst...
Authors: Susan Collard and Tudi Kernalegenn
Published on: 19 July 2021

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Institutionalization of transnationalizing political parties: the case of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia
While party institutionalization research has advanced notably in the recent years, the institutionalization of political parties that extend their organizations abroad (i.e. transnationalizing parties) has remained...
Authors: Mari-Liis Jakobson, Tõnis Saarts and Leif Kalev
Published on: 12 August 2021

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Campaigning across continents: how Latin American parties link up with migrant associations abroad
Emigrant voting rights have opened new electoral arenas, and many political parties increasingly campaign across borders. Yet relatively little is known about the challenges parties confront when campaigning...
Authors: Nicolas Fliess
Published on: 25 May 2021

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