Does Policy Motivation Drive Party Activism? A Study of Party Activists in Three Asian Democracies

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Recent studies using party membership surveys highlight substantial intra- and inter-party diversity in attitudes and behaviors. However, it remains unclear whether policy-motivated activists participate more intensively in party activities, thus being potentially more influential in party decisions than their peers motivated by other types of incentives. I address this question by using a party activist survey dataset collected during recent national election campaigns in three third-wave democracies in Asia: Taiwan, South Korea, and Mongolia. This study presents evidence that policy motivation boosts party activism more likely than other types of motivation. Furthermore, the results show that the association between activist motivation and contributions of time and effort to a party depends on party size, or the strength of a party’s parliamentary group in these ‘model’ new democracies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalParty Politics
Publication statusSubmitted - Jan 15 2019

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Keywords

  • party activism, activist motivation, authoritarian successor party,
  • Asian Democracies

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