Models of Party Democracy: Patterns of Party Regulation in Post-War European Constitutions

Authors: Ingrid van Biezen and Gabriela Borz | Published in: European Political Science Review, 4/3: 327-359 | Date of publication: 2012

This article investigates the ways in which political parties are codified in modern democratic constitutions, providing a unique cross-sectional and longitudinal overview of the patterns of party constitutionalization in post-war Europe. Although the constitutions of western liberal democracies traditionally have paid little attention to the role of parties, evidence suggests that in contemporary democracies, both old and new, they are increasingly accorded a formal constitutional status. Little is known, however, about the substantive content of their constitutional position or about the normative connotations of their constitutional codification.

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