Filzmaier analyzes – The basic democracy in the parties


Political parties are a central part of Austrian democracy. In elections to the National Council, we all first and foremost mark one party on the ballot paper. This leads to the crucial question of how democratic things are within the party. The SPÖ is doing the moose test here, but the question arises for all traditional parties.

1. For a very long time it was the nature of parties in Austria and internationally that a few powerful people determined at their head how a party should align itself in terms of personnel and content. With us, the SPÖ, ÖVP and FPÖ are structured equally, so that their management, board and presidency decide most things – such as lists of candidates for an election. Direct participation by members is very rare.

Source: Krone


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