Political Parties and Citizen Movements in Asia and Europe, a book published in November 2014, looks closely at initiatives and activities undertaken by political parties in Asia and Europe in relation to civil society organisations and citizen movements. 


In some fast-changing Asian and European societies, civil society organisations and citizen movements continue to be the most vibrant venues for political participation and interest aggregation. Therefore it is timely to spark conversations about experiences of political parties in engaging with some alternative movements.


The book includes analyses of different approaches and a myriad of experiences. It also offers valuable lessons for political parties that wish to rebuild public confidence in a world of rapidly-emerging citizen movements.


The book launch was held on 25 June 2015 in in Stockholm, Sweden and attended by over 30 people. 2 authors of the publication, Mr Sean O’CURNEEN CAÑAS and Mr Raul CORDENILLO (on behalf of the author Ms Sabrina GACAD) presented their respective chapters featured in the publication The Centro Democrático Liberal in Spain and Reforming the Political Party System in the Philippines: The Akbayan Citizens' Action Party. A panel discussion also took place during the launch, focusing on how political parties can sustain links with civil society organisations and the challenges that parties face in a democratic world.


This publication is jointly produced by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the German Hanns Seidel Foundation and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).