Interest Party

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  • A political organization that combines the characteristics of both political parties and interest groups and runs candidates for legislative elections. An interest party is not quite a matured political party but is also no longer a mere interest group. One of the first interest parties was the French Union de Fraternité-Franfaise, formed in the mid 1950s.

    Interest parties differ from political parties in several ways. First, interest parties' scope of interest is narrower than that of political parties. The scope of interest usually surrounds only a single issue, even though the issue may address a broader public concern. Second, the form of the interest party is less structured than that of a political party. Third, interest groups have political histories whereby they often began as voluntary ...

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