Handouts for Political Education


Their role, performance, and organisation from a global perspective

Democracy without political parties is near impossible today. Anyone interested in the concept and practice of democracy needs to know what political parties are, what they do, especially in a democracy, where they can do better, and how they affect the society they are part of. This is what this book is about. On the one hand, it aims to contribute to the understanding of political parties by presenting the situation and development of parties and party systems from a global perspective, looking at party development in all continents. On the other hand, it contains many pointers about party practices. Every party needs committed members who work for its political goals, but who should also know how parties function and what they can do to participate successfully in political competition.

Natalie Russmann

Natalie Russman (2021)

Director KAS Office Namibia & Angola

natalie.russmann@kas.de +264 61 225-568 +264 61 225-678

About this series

Mit der Reihe „Handreichungen zur Politischen Bildung“ möchte die Politische Bildung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung interessierte Bürgerinnen und Bürger über politische Entwicklungen informieren, Orientierungen in Sachfragen geben und das Interesse an politischer Mitwirkung stärken. Die Handreichungen verstehen sich als Grundlageninformationen zur Beteiligung an aktuellen politischen Diskussionen.

Ordering Information

Die Handreichungen können telefonisch oder per E-Mail unter bestellung@kas.de bestellt werden.


978-981-18-3417-2 (paperback) 978-981-18-3553-7 (ebook)