Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy

Co-editor and co-author, Regulating Political Parties. European Democracies in Comparative Perspective (2014)


‘Regulating Political Parties provides a novel and valuable contribution to the existing literature on political parties by discussing the various dimensions of party law and regulation, in Europe and other regions of the world. To what extent are political parties legitimate objects of state regulation? What are the dilemmas of regulating political finance? To what extent are parties accorded a formal constitutional status? What are the consequences of legal bans on political parties? How do legal arrangements affect parties representing ethnic minorities? These and related questions are discussed and examined from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. By bringing together international experts from the disciplines of law and political science, this volume thus addresses from an interdisciplinary and comparative point of view what has long been a notable lacuna in the study of political parties.’

The volume includes a chapter I co-authored with Jaco van den Brink, entitled ‘The SGP Case: Did it Really (Re)Launch the Debate on Party Regulation in the Netherlands?

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