Paula Espírito Santo edits a new collective work with Marco Lisi on party militancy and activism

A new collective work on political party militancy and activism has just been published, organized by Paula Espírito Santo, from the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, and Marco Lisi, from Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais.

Synopsis [translation]: Political affiliation is necessarily a part of the relationship between political parties and society, both as an object and subject of politics and of civil and political organization, whether or not it is democratic. Despite its vital relevance for the functioning of political systems, affiliation in political parties constitutes itself as a fragile link in decline within political life. This new work starts with the general objective of identifying and evaluate the nature of activities related to political affiliation in light of a set of dimensions, such as: the evolution of political party activity in Portugal in a comparative perspective; the kind of relation established between affiliated and political parties, including ideological positioning; party socialization, considering the prospects of linkage and continuity of the activity through its main agents, the affiliated, and of parties as institutions and political structures, among several in depth lines of analysis. The book is the result of the application of international research in several countries within project MAPP (Members and Activists of Political Parties), coordinated by Emilie van Haute, from the Free University of Brussels. It draws support from data gathered through surveys done with people affiliated with political parties. The book represents the first systematic study on activism and political militancy in Portugal.


Paula Espírito Santo is a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies and an Assistant Professor with Aggregation at ISCSP. Among her most recent publications is Party Newspapers Perspectives and Choices: A Comparative Content Analysis View, and the Routledge published book Beyond the Internet - Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave.



Marco Lisi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Studies at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a researcher at Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

The book is already available.