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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Ban on Political Parties

Justin O Frosini, Sara Pennicino

Subject(s):
Electoral rules and regulations — Regulation of political parties — Status of political parties

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. A ‘ban of political parties’ is one of the ways constitutions have regulated political parties after the Second World War. In these cases, the constitution ‘explicitly sanctions (political parties’) role in democratic politics and delineates the ‘acceptable’ ideological space for their competition’ ( Skach 875 ; political parties or fractions in legislative body ; right to form political parties ). 2. This, however, is only one possible approach that constitutions can take toward political parties and defining the so-called ‘party space.’ From a historical...
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