This paper highlights the intraparty institutional dynamics at play that influence Islamist party moderation and its manifest behaviour and ideology. We conceive of moderation as a strategically contingent act that is best explained by intraparty realities operating within particular political dynamics. This shifts the focus from the inclusion/moderation process debate and towards the discussion of party organizational capacity and social movement ties. We provide several propositions about party organizational strength, social movement linkages, and ideological legacy as determinants of Islamist party behaviour. Observations across a variety of cases support these propositions and the salience of a strategic behavioural approach to Islamist party moderation.
Wuthrich, F. M., & Ciftci, S. (2020). Islamist parties, intraparty organizational dynamics, and moderation as strategic behaviour. Mediterranean Politics, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2020.1790165