Conflict regulation in political parties: An account of tribunal decision-making
von Nostitz, FC
SAGE Publications for American Political Science Association, Political Organizations and Parties Section
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Independent party tribunals (i.e. intra-party courts) can be used by both the party leadership (e.g. to discipline members) and rank-and-file members (e.g. to challenge the leadership overstepping its authority). Thus, their study offers broad insights into party conflict regulation we know little about. Integrating the literatures on party organization, intra-party democracy and judicial politics, we propose two theoretical rationales to account for tribunal decision-making (whether a case finds tribunal support): tribunal decision-making can be theorized as shaped by elite-member divisions or, alternatively, by how verdicts affect the tribunal’s own position in the organization and organizational stability generally. We test hypotheses derived from these rationales using a new data set covering 243 tribunal decisions made over the life spans of three German parties. While both rationales are empirically relevant, the ‘organizational stability rationale’ proves particularly insightful.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–13)/ERC grant agreement 335890 STATORG) and profited from the HASS Project Development Fund ‘The Management of Intra-Organizational Dissent’ provided by the University of Exeter. Furthermore, this research profited from a scholarship granted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
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Vol. 23 (6), pp. 834 - 847
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