"The Salience of Political Parties for Democracy"
Martin Brusis' contribution in a publication by the Council of Europe
13.12.2007 · C·A·P
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These changes have rendered parties less capable of fulfilling their democratic functions. Alternative organisations and mechanisms that could substitute these functions have neither been well conceived in democratic theory, nor well established in democratic practice. Thus, parties are indispensable for the functioning of democracy and we need to consider how they can sustain and regain their vital role. Starting from this assumption, Martin Brusis presents some empirical evidence for the problems of party-based representation, discusses their causes and makes four suggestions to improve the capacity of parties to mediate between citizens and the state. His paper has been published by the Council of Europe as a part of the Council's ongoing deliberations on the future of democracy (pages 72-83).
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