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State Regulation of Anti-Democratic Parties: A Comparative Study of Germany, Spain and Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to study state regulation of anti-democratic parties, i.e. party regulation. The term ‘Party regulation’ refers to laws that may regulate the activities and behavior of political parties. This thesis uses a comparative method, conducted on three European countries which regulate anti-democratic parties differently. The cases studied are Germany, Spain and Sweden.The basis for understanding state regulation of anti-democratic parties rests on a historical institutionalist perspective along with theories of democratic tolerance. The analysis reveals that states regulate anti-democratic parties differently as a result of their historical past which has made them adopt different ideas of how political parties should be seen. Further, the analysis shows that there is no connection between the party regulation adopted and the effect it has on the anti-democratic parties.

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2013. , 81 p.
Keyword [en]
Party regulation, anti-democratic parties, historical institutionalism, procedural conception of democracy, substantive conception of democracy, SRP, KPD, NPD, ETA, Herri Batasuna, LOPP, NSF
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Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98267ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--13/01567--SEOAI: diva2:653833
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Master's Programme in International and European Relations
2013-06-04, Linköping, 11:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-10-09 Created: 2013-10-06 Last updated: 2013-10-14Bibliographically approved

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