Future of Democracy Event

Presentation of results of project on party reform

After one year of project work, we were able to publicly present today at a press media breakfast, the results of the party reform project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Das Progressive Zentrum.

Demographic change, digitalization and societal differentiation: It should be quite clear that political parties need modified propositions for a changing society. What do contemporary political parties of the 21. Century look like? How can party work be made more attractive for committed citizens? What can political parties learn from corporations and nongovernmental organizations?

The nonpartisan project „legitimation and self-efficacy: future impulses for party democracy“, which was initiated by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Das Progressive Zentrum in September 2014, tried to pursue and examine these issues, since the question of revitalizing political parties is an issue concerning all sections of the political spectrum.

In the course of a print media breakfast in Berlin, the study „The political party 2025. Impulses for sustainable political parties” was presented.

From the perspective of the sponsoring organizations, Tobias Dürr (Chairman, Das Progressive Zentrum), Peter Siller (Head of the Department National Political Education, Heinrich Böll Foundation) and Nico Lange (Deputy Senior Head of the Department Politics and Consulting, Konrad Adenauer Foundation) commented on the question of innovation potential for political parties for an audience composed of members of the Berlin press. Subsequently, Hanno Burmester (project leader) gave a short overview of the project’s ideas and approaches and introduced the project’s website www.parteireform.org.

According to Hanno Burmester, an organizational structure with contemporary standards is as important as a modern party-political agenda: „In order to be attractive for society, political parties have to change more resolutely than they have done until now. They need propositions, which satisfy the diversity of our living environment. One membership for all is an idea of the past. The future belongs to modular political parties.“

The results of the project are based on the interdisciplinary and non-partisan work of a project group composed of eleven members and can be viewed at this website. There, one can find the above mentioned study „The political party 2025“ as well as nine thematically organized short papers called „Policy Briefs“ and „Discussion Papers“.
Amongst others, topics are: the future of party-membership, the strategic meaning of intraparty diversity, digitalization of political parties, and the benefit of the theory – based on behavioural finance – of the nudging-concept for party-organizations.

Hanno Burmester

Philipp Sälhoff

Marie Wachinger

Event Date

17 September 2015