Published in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-253) and index.
Introduction -- The standard lament -- The condition of parties -- A quick global tour -- Diagnosing the condition -- The assistance response -- The world of party aid -- The standard method and beyond -- Interests and partisanship -- The question of effects -- Party system aid -- Conclusions -- Going deeper.
Beset with persistent problems of self-interest, corruption, ideological incoherence, and narrow electoral majorities, political parties are the weakest link in many democratic transitions around the world. A large and ever-growing number of U.S., European, and multilateral assistance programs seek to help parties become effective pro-democratic actors. But given the depth of the problems, (read more)
About The Author
Thomas Carothers is vice president for international politics and governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and founder and director of the Endowment's Democracy and Rule of Law Project.
As Carothers (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) shows, almost all of the world's new democracies have problems with their political parties and party systems. The parties themselves tend to be weakly organized, ideologically incoherent, overly focused on elections, nontransparent, corrupt, and generally distrusted; the party systems are often excessively unstable (read more)