Party Co-Op Series

By Zsolt Enyedi

Whether political parties pursue office or programmatic goals, competition should be their dominant form of coexistence. And yet parties frequently decide to cooperate with each other, not only in government and parliament, but also in the electoral arena. The drive towards cooperation is particularly manifest under the threat of authoritarianism, but it is present in consolidated democracies as well. In order to make party alliances effective, many challenges need to be met. In this special series, the Lead Researcher of the CEU Democacy Institute Re-/De-Democratization Work Group Zsolt Enyedi examines with the help of experts how such challenges are tackled, and what techniques of cooperation are employed.

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