University Forum Lecture: Intra-Party Politics in Crisis? How Parties Manage Internal Disagreements


Apr. 9, 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 135


The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Intra-Party Politics in Crisis? How Parties Manage Internal Disagreements,” a talk by Zachary Greene, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Political Science, University of Strathclyde.

Parties emphasize issues not only to attract votes, but also to mobilize intra-party groups. The platform creation process creates opportunities for intra-party groups to contribute to its content. In the face of internal disagreement and diverse topical interests manifesto writers are confronted with the challenge of finding most acceptable compromise of issue emphasis or avoidance. Building on a coalition bargaining logic, I propose that divided parties discuss a greater diversity of issues and in greater detail. Factions and MPs from a range of backgrounds see the manifesto not only as an electoral document, but as a venue to detail and extend the details of internal compromise. Ultimately, this perspective leads to the prediction that more cohesive parties focus their attention on a fewer number of issues salient to voters, but that divided parties detail their policy goals. I test hypotheses from this perspective using evidence of internal disagreement and priorities from automated content analysis of speeches at parties’ national meetings and election manifestos in Germany. I find evidence consistent with this perspective. The results from the analysis hold implications for the study of election campaigns and the ways in which parties manage their internal disagreements.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art,  and co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology.