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Cartelisation, Convergence or Increasing Similarities?


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Cartels and Competition: An Introduction, Herbert Kitschelt / 1. Cartelisation in Sweden? Henrik Enroth and Magnus Hagevi / 2. On the Concept of a Cartel Party, Henrik Enroth / 3. Are the Predictions of the Cartel Party Thesis Supported in the Swedish Case? Magnus Hagevi and Karl Loxbo / 4. Professional Politicians as Representatives, Magnus Hagevi / 5. Cartelisation and Europeanisation? Karl Loxbo / 6. Homogenisation or Fragmentation? Perceptions of Mediatisation Among Finnish and Swedish Parliamentarians, Douglas Brommesson and Ann-Marie Ekengren / 7. Party Cartelisation or Gender Politicisation? Helena Olofsdotter Stensoeta and Anna Hoegmark / 8. Party Culture and Cartelisation: Exploring the Inner Life of the Parliamentary Party, Katarina Barrling / 9. Democracy and the Cartel Party, Henrik Enroth and Mats Sjoelin / Conclusions, Henrik Enroth and Magnus Hagevi

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Henrik Enroth is Associate Professor at Linnaeus University, with a broad interest in social and political theory. Recently his work has appeared in journals such as Party Politics, International Political Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, and Contemporary Political Theory. Magnus Hagevi is Professor in political science and the leader of Surveyinstitutet at Linnaeus University, Sweden, with a special interest in political parties and political behaviour at mass and elite levels.


A forceful attack on the cartel party theory. The authors make efficient use of their Swedish case study for questioning many of the core assumptions and normative judgements of the most influential account in contemporary party research. -- Klaus Detterbeck, Political Scientist, University of Goettingen, Germany
The cartel thesis has been remarkably influential. In over two decades, reference to it has been almost obligatory in published research on party politics. Enroth and Hagevi's excellent anthology unpacks the thesis and subjects it to thorough and rare empirical tests. The admirably clear conclusions about representative democracy in a crucial case - Sweden - leave party scholars with much to ponder. -- Nicholas Aylott, Soedertoern University

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