The Paradox of the Parties

The Paradox of the Parties.
A Contribution to Defining the Relationship Between Democracy and Political Parties

Jus Publicum 244, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2015. XV, 286 Pages. 79 € (ref.: Habil., University of Münster, December 2014)

awarded the Preis 2015 Prize for the Promotion of Yong Academics by the Münster University Society.

About the Book

Emanuel V. Towfigh analyses the ambivalent impact political parties have on democratic decision-making. The traditional institutional implementation of democracy by means of aggregation of interests through competition thus leads to a situation where, in terms of the legitimation of political decisions, we cannot do without parties, but we cannot do with them either. Only an alternative conceptualization of the institutions implementing democracy may hope to overcome this problem. [published in German]


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