Political parties and diaspora: a case study of Romanian parties' involvement abroad

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How do parties organize for success in engaging with their diaspora? This study investigates the impact Romanian diaspora has had on national political parties. It develops an argument based on diaspora recognition, engagement and policy as implemented by old and new parties. The analysis shows that recognition in party statutes is not a guarantee for engagement. The latter increases with the use of new on-line communication strategies, provided there is demand for such communication platforms. New parties with a strong anti-corruption stance mobilize diaspora on-line. The policy strategy emphasizes diaspora support rather than diaspora return as incumbent parties take a gradual approach based on rights and identity promotion, which increases the economic utility of the engagement. The results are based on the analysis of party statutes, governmental documents, party on-line communication strategies and interviews with party members.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jun 2020


  • diaspora
  • political parties abroad
  • party organisation
  • diaspora policy

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