How Political Party Organizations Change

By Mildred A. Schwartz.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Organizational theorists tend to ignore political parties because of their apparent irrelevance to organizational analysis, thus missing the opportunity to see how parties can contribute to understanding organizational innovation. Case materials from recent elections in Canada and the United States illuminate the impact of mobilizing resources, providing new cultural meanings, and coordination through agency and structure. The analysis offers a new appreciation of how organizational processes work in political parties. The inclusion of political parties into the repertoire of organizational types also helps to enrich organizational theory by adding new insights into our understanding of the processes and impacts of change.

Keywords: Organizational Innovation, Political Parties, Effects of Changing Practices, Resource Mobilization, Cultural Change, Coordination through Agency and Structure

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp.141-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.636KB).

Dr. Mildred A. Schwartz

Professor Emerita and Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago and New York University, New York, New York, USA

I am Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently Visiting Scholar at New York University. I hold a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. I specialize in political sociology, bridging the disciplines of sociology and political science, with interests in organizational theory and public policy. My current research and writing concentrates on political organizations, including political parties and political movements, and often involves comparisons between Canada and the United States. Among recent book publications are The Handbook of Political Sociology in 2005, of which I am a co-editor and contributor, and Party Movements in the United States and Canada: Strategies of Persistence in 2006.

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