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Indeed the Mitgliederschwund is a big issue in Germany, too (just compare your dated numbers from the English Wikipedia and mine from 1 October), and the low number of party members is a theme all across the former East Bloc countries.

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by DoDo on Thu Nov 16th, 2006 at 04:08:33 PM EST
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The consequences of this might be interesting. In Sweden I think two trends has become apparent as party membership has dwindled:

  1. New parties. There is a lot of local parties (The "place name of community here"-party) and the parties that had a reasonable chance to enter parliament in 2006 was more then ever. 12, I think (7 already in parliament, Sverigedeomkraterna, Feministiskt initiativ, Piratpartiet, Junilistan och Sjukvårdspartiet).

  2. More open parties. This trend is weaker but some parties are making serious attempts at reaching out to their voters. The greens used adds to get candidates for local elections, Moderaterna (the major right bloc party) made limited use of open primaries to get some new and popular candidates.


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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Nov 16th, 2006 at 04:52:51 PM EST
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