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1. Parliamentary institution

1.1. Background

In the history of European political institutions, parties were a late arrival associated with the self-organization of the early modern territorial state. However, there was a background suggestive of political pathology. All political institutions in European history – the Greek pólis no less than the Roman republic and the Italian city republic (City state) – viewed organized pluralism in the political sphere as pathological. This is illustrated by the terms stási…

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Brandt, Hartwig and Mahlerwein, Gunter, “Party”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025288>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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