Honest or Pragmatic Democracy?

Slovenian People's Party and the Question of Political Cohabitation


  • Jure Gašparič Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana


political parties, Slovenian People's Party, democracy, Habsburg Monarchy, Kingdom of SHS/Yugoslavia


In the following discussion the author focuses on the issue of cohabitation, which he defines as democratic political coexistence and finding the basic democratic compromise between the political subjects, in the viewpoints and actions of the strongest Slovenian political party, Slovenian People's Party. Initially the author analyses the circumstances of the formation and functioning of political parties in the Habsburg and the Slovenian context, exploring them from the theoretical point of view. In the main part of the article the author defines the »cohabitation character« of the Slovenian People's Party, specifically in the Austrian period, in the parliamentary period of the Kingdom of SHS in the 1920s and in the 1930s.






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