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Explanatory notes.


Parties and Elections in Europe provides a comprehensive database about political parties, elections and governments in all European countries. The website contains the results of parliamentary elections from more than 100 countries and autonomous regions in Europe. The parties are classified according to their political orientation. Historical data can be found in the archive.

The private website was established by Wolfram Nordsieck in 1997. The editor began his comparative study of party systems, parliamentary elections and constitutional laws in the late 1980s. Thereafter he studied law and history at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Today he practices law.

AMS: Additional member system; FPTP: First-past-the-post; MMP: Mixed-member proportional representation; PR: Party-list proportional representation; STV: Single transferable vote; TRS: Two-round system; MEP: Member of the European Parliament; S.: Seats; ... : Not specified.

 Centrism: Centrist parties are usually moderate traditionalist parties which take a centrist position on the socio-economic left-right scale.

 Christian democracy: The Christian social doctrine is the main inspiration of Christian democratic parties. This cross-class parties advocate Christian ethical and moderate social conservative stances. They are very supportive of family values and adhere to principles as freedom, solidarity and subsidiarity. Usually they advocate a social market economy.

 Communism: Communist parties primarily adhere to Marxism developed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the 19th century. Their aim is the free and classless society based on common ownership of the means of production. This parties intend to overthrow the present capitalist system. They often originated after the Russian Revolution of 1917 from leftist factions of socialist or social democratic parties.

Marxism-Leninism: Marxist-Leninist (Leninist) parties prefer a non-pluralist orthodox form of communism developed by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (leadership of a vanguard party, dictatorship of the proletariat, centralism).

Trotskyism: Trotskyist parties favour a non-pluralist form of communism established by Leon Trotsky (leadership of a vanguard party, dictatorship of the proletariat, proletarian internationalism, permanent revolution).

 Conservatism: Originally inspired by natural law and formed by the upper-class, conservative parties today are middle-class organisations that seek to preserve established traditions and the current status quo of a society. They normally advocate traditional values as authority, nation, religion, family, stability and continuity. Over the time they incorporated some liberal values, especially on economic issues (free market policies).

Liberal conservatism: Liberal conservative parties combine conservative policies with more liberal stances on social and ethical issues.

Social conservatism: Social conservative parties focus on the preservation of traditional social, ethical and religious values. They usually advocate a social market economy.

National conservatism: National conservative parties combine conservative policies with national stances. They oppose a further European integration and prefer the preservation of the nation-state with its cultural identity. This parties usually favour social stability and traditional social, ethical and religious values.

 Green politics: Most green parties were founded in the late 1970s as part of the new social movements that came up in the mid-1960s (in particular the ecology, peace and anti-nuclear movements). This parties aim to create a sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, feminism, social justice and human rights.

 Left-wing populism: Left-wing populist parties are protest parties that appeal to the common people. This parties combine left-wing policies with an anti-elitist rhetoric and a radical critique of the political institutions. They usually oppose the globalisation and prefer direct democracy, economic democracy and social justice.

 Liberalism: Liberal parties are middle-class parties based on the tradition of political liberalism, a movement of the 18th century. The doctrine of liberalism considers personal freedom to be the most important goal. In particular it favours free markets, free trade, limited governments, low taxes and private property (economic liberalism) as well as equality for all citizens under the law, civil rights, secularism and freedom of speech and religion.

Conservative liberalism: Conservative liberal parties usually combine liberal policies with more traditional stances on social and ethical issues (in some countries this form of right-wing liberalism is traditionally known as national liberalism).

Social liberalism: Social liberal parties stress civil and human rights and favour a social market economy.

 Minority interests: Parties of national minorities intend to secure or to increase the rights of an ethnical or linguistical minority.

 Nationalism: Nationalist parties believe that the nation with its collective ethnic, linguistic and cultural identity, its natural order and its sovereignty is of primary importance. This involves a strong identification with the nation state and its symbols. It usually also includes negative views of other nations or ethnic groups.

Far-right politics: Far-right parties are ultra-nationalist parties that adhere to a pure form of the nation defined by ethnicity. They challenge the equality of all humans and believe that a nation state requires a collective identity and a strong leadership. This parties tend to authoritarianism, xenophobia and corporatism. They usually oppose the present democratic systems and their values.

 Regionalism: Regionalist (autonomist) parties focus on the interests of a particular region within a state. They generally intend to secure or to increase the region's influence. Their aim is a decentralisation of governance, self-determination and regional autonomy.

Separatism: Separatist parties advocate a full political secession of a particular region with its ethnical, linguistical or cultural identity and the formation of a new state.

 Right-wing populism: Right-wing populist parties are protest parties that appeal to the common people. They appeared first in the early 1970s. This parties combine national stances with an anti-elitist rhetoric and a radical critique of the political institutions. They usually prefer law-and-order and anti-immigration polices.

 Social democracy: Social democratic parties are rooted in the socialist labour movement of the 19th century. They advocate a democratic welfare state and a mixed economy that contains privately-owned and state-owned enterprises. This parties adhere to values as freedom, equality, solidarity and social justice. Since the 1990s, they incorporated economically liberal topics as limited social welfare, privatisations, deregulations and lower company taxes.

 Socialism: Socialist parties oppose the present capitalist system and intend to establish a social and economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production (state-owned enterprises, employee-owned cooperatives, common ownership). They advocate a society characterised by equal access to resources for all individuals. In general, they emphasise values as equality, solidarity and social justice.

Democratic socialism: Democratic socialist parties advocate a strong welfare state with a large public sector. They resist the capitalist globalisation and propose a reorganisation of the present socio-economic order through more public ownership, workers' control of the labour process and redistributive tax policies.

Ecosocialism: Ecosocialist parties combine (democratic) socialist and green policies.

 Others: Agrarianism, Animal welfare, Anti-clericalism, Anti-corruption politics, Anti-globalisation politics, Christian left, Christian right, Copyright reform, Direct democracy, Environmentalism, Euroscepticism, Evangelicalism, Feminism, Gaullism, Islamism, Kemalism, Loyalism, Libertarianism, Monarchism, Multiculturalism, Pensioners' interests, Single-issue politics, Statism, Transparency, Unionism.

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