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informal co-optation, and the functional responsibilities of these organs are indeterminate or overlapping.

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Two or three major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures are either largely indeterminate or involve a substantial amount of informal co-optation, but the functional responsibilities of these organs are relatively clearly specified.

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Two or three major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures are characterized by prescribed selection, but the functional responsibilities of these organs are indeterminate or overlapping.

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Two or three major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures are characterized by prescribed selection, and the functional responsibilities of these organs are relatively clearly specified.

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Four or more major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures either are largely indeterminate or involve a substantial amount of informal co-optation, and the functional responsibilities of these organs are indeterminate or overlapping.

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Four or more major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures either are largely indeterminate or involve a substantial amount of informal cooptation, but the function responsibilities of these organs are relatively clearly specified.

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Four or more major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures are characterized by prescribed selection, but the functional responsibilities of these organs are indeterminate or overlapping.

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Four or more major national organs can be identified; the selection procedures are characterized by prescribed selection, and the functional responsibilities of these organs are relatively clearly specified.

Coding Results. Tables 9.1a and 9.1b contain the pertinent statistics from our coding of BV801, "structural articulation." Over 90 percent of our parties were scored for BV801, but there was a pronounced correlation of .63 between the confidence of our coding judgments and the variable scores. Parties whose structure was described at length in the literature tended to be those which received high scores on this variable. Parties whose structure received little attention in the literature were apt to be given low scores. While intuitively understandable, this relationship between literature treatment and coding judgments needs to be noted.

According to our coding of political parties in the decade of the 1950s, the modal frequency stood at the highest point on the scale, which indicated the presence of four or more national organs characterized by prescribed selection and clearly specified functional responsibilities. But this category accounted only for about one quarter of the parties; the rest were well spread along the continuum of structural articulation, suggesting a good deal of variance in this attribute of parties across nations.

TABLE 9.1a: Mid 1950s: BV8.01 Structural Articulation

 

TABLE 9.1b: Early 1960s: BV8.01 Structural Articulation

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