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STATORG Report Summary

Project ID: 335890
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - STATORG (State Encroachment on Civil Society? A Comparative Study of Parties, Interest Groups and Welfare-Providing Organizations in Contemporary Democracies)

The project 'Regulating Civil Society' is an interdisciplinary research project exploring the following questions from different disciplinary perspectives: Which regulatory frameworks are in place in long-lived democracies to steer the behaviour of membership-based, voluntary organizations constitutive for civil society and the third sector (e.g. political parties, interest groups, service-providing civil society organizations) and why? How do differences in regulatory frameworks affect the working, strategic choices and the evolution of these organizations respectively? To address these questions, the project team has so far generated the following activites and outputs.

1. Release of Project Website: ‘Regulating Civil Society: NGO and Party Law and their Consequences’
See for details on our project team, affiliates, advisory board and activities:

2. Release of Database on NGO & Party Law:
We have created an openly available database of primary legislation affecting parties regarding formation (basic freedoms and legal recognition), operation (core activities and resources) and dissolution (withdrawal of legal personality and ban). Similarly, the database provides access to primary legislation applicable to membership-based voluntary organizations (e.g. NGOs, interest groups, citizen associations, advocacy organizations, lobby groups) across the same themes. It covers 19 democracies and individual countries cover legislation across up to eight legal areas (e.g. criminal law, electoral law, tax law). It contains approximately over 250 legal documents.

3. Project-Related Publications

• Bolleyer, Nicole. Forthcoming. Political Actors: Parties – Interest Groups – Government, in: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science, ed. by H. Keman and J.J. Woldendorp, Cheltenham: Elgar.
• Bolleyer, Nicole and Liam Weeks. Forthcoming. From Cartel Party to Traditional Membership Organisation: Electoral Decline and Organisational Transformation of Fianna Fáil, Irish Political Studies.
• Bolleyer, Nicole. Forthcoming. Executive-Legislative Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Relations in Federal Systems - Lessons for the European Union, Journal of European Public Policy.
• Bolleyer, Nicole, Raimondas Ibenskas, Dan Keith. 2016. The Survival and Termination of Party Mergers in Europe, European Journal of Political Research, Online First March 27.
• Bolleyer, Nicole, Felix-Christopher von Nostitz, Valeria Smirnova. 2016. Conflict Regulation in Political Parties: An Account of Tribunal Decision-Making, Party Politics Online First April 29.
• Bolleyer, Nicole and Evelyn Bytzek. 2016. New Party Performance after Breakthrough: Party Origin, Building and Leadership, Party Politics, Online First January 28.
• Bolleyer, Nicole Party. Forthcoming. The Organizational Foundations of New Party Institutionalization: Linking Structure to Agency, in: Etablierungschancen neuer Parteien, edited by M. Morlock, T. Poguntke, G. Zons, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
• Bolleyer, Nicole and Anika Gauja. 2015. The Limits of Regulation: Indirect Party Access to State Resources in Australia and the UK, Governance 28 (3): 321-40.
• Bolleyer, Nicole. 2015. Conflict Regulation in Political Parties: Organizational and Legal Dimensions, in: Party Politics and Democracy in Europe, edited by F. Casal Bertoa and W. Mueller-Rommel, London: Routledge.
• Bolleyer, Nicole, Conor Little and Felix Christopher von Nostitz. 2015. Implementing Democratic Equality in Political Parties – Organizational Repercussions in the Swedish and German Pirate Parties, Scandinavian Political Studies 38 (2): 158-78.

These academic publications were accompanied by the release of several online publications discussing practical implications of aspects of our research targeting broader (including non-academic) audiences, numerous conference presentations, talks and the organisation of several workshops and conference panels.


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