Supporting Political Parties for Democracy – Food for Thought for European Actors

European Network of Political Foundations
Place of publication
Brussels, Belgium
Date of Publication
June 2013
Number of Pages
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Three typical approaches in support of political parties will be outlined: the multi-party dialogue, the all-party technical assistance approach, and the peer-to-peer programmatic party development assistance. The multi- and all-party approaches provide a sense of neutrality to party assistance but may suffer in terms of legitimacy, when the international yardsticks of political and civil rights are not respected by a participating party. On a programmatic and organisational level, the peer-to-peer approach develops stronger and more relevant political parties. It includes capacity-building for political negotiations as well as dialogue and coalitionbuilding to effectively contribute to a more functional political party system.