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How to run and represent a party

Political Party Academy

About the material

This study material covers different topics that will help you form, organise, develop, and represent a democratic party.

The study material How to run and represent a political party was developed to accompany the Palme Academy introduction course by the same name. It gives an overview of the different fields involved in running and representing a party.

The material is divided into six modules which you can see below.

Who is the material for?

The material is for leaders and active members of Social democratic parties around the world. It is also useful for active members who are not leaders.

How to use the study material

You can use this material to design your own party trainings on the respective topics.

Each material can also be used for 2-4 meetings in the form of a study circle to discuss the questions and ideas that the module raises. There is also a study guide for practical group exercises and tips for further reading in each area.

The six modules and the study guide are being developed during 2021.

Module 1: Formation and structure

Ideological base, party constitution and organisational structure

Module 2: Holding elections and reaching decisions

Internal democratic processes, representation and reconciliation

Module 3: Formulating policy and leading the way

Policy development, participation and interaction with the outside world

Module 4: Reaching out and connecting

Communication, agenda setting and organising election campaigns

Module 5: Growing and consolidating

Organising, recruitment and training

Module 6: Governing and representing