Acta Universitatis Danubius. Administratio, Vol 7, No 2 (2015)

Political Parties between Conflict and Consensus, with Special Review on Party Finance: the Example of Germany

Hrvoje Mataković, Dražen Vitez, Ireba Cajner Mraović


Political parties as voluntary organizations of free citizens in democratic state feature their candidates for parliament and strive to gain the best results in elections. In order to participate in elections and accomplish the tasks they were founded for, political parties should have access to financial resources for paying expenditures related to their activities. This paper will show that political parties in Germany, contrary to the conflicts shown in public have build up mutual cooperation in developing generous system of party financing from public sources. Cooperation in political life and consensual decision making were developed in Germany as the outcome of the totalitarian past, and this conceptual background has been used by political parties in order to develop the system of public party financing. In this way party cartel was created, and parties took over the country and created party state.   


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