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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

  1. 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 re...

    Authors: Mari-Liis Jakobson, Tõnis Saarts and Leif Kalev
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2021 9:40
  2. 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 amongs...

    Authors: Susan Collard and Tudi Kernalegenn
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2021 9:34
  3. 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
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2021 9:27