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Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice (AEDJ) - Political Parties and the Citizen Workshop

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
End of November or begining of December (TBC) Grace Foo Political and Economic Department Democratisation And Justice Series Governance & Human Rights



Venue:
Yangon, Myanmar

The "Political Parties and the Citizen” project focused on examining how political parties in Asia and Europe interact with citizens and citizen movements. The project consists of two components, (i) research and (ii) a workshop. The research examined interesting case studies from Asia and Europe on the relationship between political parties and civil society organisations and how they interact with one another. The workshop aims to expand on these case studies to address the challenges political parties and  Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) faced in their interactions; how these challenges have been addressed; and present policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of how the two interact to promote mutual interests.

The objective of the project was to:

  1. Facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned by political parties in engaging CSOs.
  2. Explore the role that citizen movements play in domestic politics and how political parties can engage with them. 
  3. Identify common trends and challenges that political parties in Asia and Europe face and put forward lessons-learned and follow-up activities that could be pursued in addressing them.

The workshop on “Political Parties and the Citizen” was held on 14 - 16 November 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar and 25 International and local representative participated in the workshop.  The workshop was organised under ASEF’s long-standing “Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice” (AEDJ) and in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and hosted by the Sun Institute in Myanmar. 

 

 

Partners

  • Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • 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).

  • ASEF Publication Launch

    Published on 04 Mar 2015

    The Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) publication Political Parties and Citizen Movements in Asia and Europe was presented on 27 February 2015 in Manila, the Philippines.

    As part of the Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice (AEDJ) project by ASEF, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the publication looked closely at initiatives and activities undertaken by political parties, citizen movements and civil society organisations in Asia and Europe. Based on 8 different case studies, the publication highlighted common issues, challenges and lessons that can be shared between the 2 regions.

    The launch event in Manila, co-hosted by Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party and Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF), presented some of the case studies in the publication, which are relevant to the Philippine context.

  • A new publication Political Parties and Citizen Movements in Asia and Europe was launched by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Hanns Seidel Foundation and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) under the realm of their project Political Parties and the Citizen.

     

    The publication appears under the Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice (AEDJ)series. It looks closely at the initiatives and activities undertaken by political parties in Asia and Europe in relation to Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and citizen movements. Since political parties in the two regions operate in different domestic political contexts and under different socio-economic conditions, varying approaches and a myriad of experiences exist. Adding to this is the realisation that there is no common definition of democracy and no single political trajectory towards democracy.

     

    The case studies presented in this publication highlight common issues, challenges and lessons that can be shared between the two regions. They also serve as examples of best practices from which actors from Asia and Europe and beyond can learn and benefit.

     

    Download your copy!

  • Political Parties and the Citizen

    Published on 07 Jan 2014

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), organised the workshop Political Parties and the Citizen on 14-16 November 2013, in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop was hosted by the Sun Institution in Myanmar and it was organised under ASEF’s long-standing programme Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice (AEDJ).

    The workshop built on to the research previously conducted as part of the same project. On one hand, the research examined Asian and European case studies on the relationship between political parties and civil society organisations (CSOs) and how they interact with one another. On the other, the workshop expanded these case studies to address the challenges political parties and CSOs face in their interactions, how these challenges have been addressed, and present policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of their interaction to promote mutual interests.

    The first two days of the workshop were limited to the participation of 25 local and international experts. The themes of their presentations included i) Parties and Citizens: State of Play, ii) Citizens Political Participation and Social Movement, iii) From Social Movements and Civil Society Organisations to Political Parties and iv) Social Media and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The third day of the workshop was an opportunity for the participants to share their expertise with local organisations in Myanmar. Over 20 local representatives from the different political parties, NGOs and academics in Myanmar attended this session.

    The outcomes of the research and workshop will be compiled into a publication to be ready by the first quarter of 2014.

  • ASEF will organise a workshop ‘Political Parties and the Citizen’ on 14-16 November in Yangon, Myanmar.  The project focuses on how political parties interact with citizens and citizen movements in countries across Asia and Europe.

    The project consists of 2 components. First is a publication consisting of comparative case studies looking at interesting examples of citizen and political party engagement from across Asia and Europe. Second is the workshop itself, which will further review and refine the case studies while also bringing together experts and representatives from citizen movements and political parties from both regions. Overall the project addresses the challenges that political parties, citizen movements and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) face in interacting with each other.

    The organisers of the workshop are the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).