International Democrat Union

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International Democrat Union
Abbreviation IDU
Formation 1983
Purpose World federation of centre-right political parties
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Region served
Worldwide
Membership 54
Official language
French, English and Spanish
Chairman
John Howard
Website http://www.idu.org

The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a center-right international alliance of conservative, Christian democratic and liberal-conservative political parties. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway,[1] the IDU comprises 54 full members. It is chaired by John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia.[2]

The IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest. From this, they act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies across the globe. The IDU has some overlap of member parties with the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), but the CDI is more centrist and communitarian than the IDU.[3]

The group was founded in 1983 as the umbrella organisation for the European Democrat Union (EDU), Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU), and the Pacific Democrat Union (PDU). Created at the instigation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and US Vice President George H. W. Bush, the organisation was founded at a joint meeting of the EDU and PDU in London, the United Kingdom.[4]

The IDU has several regional affiliates: the Democrat Union of Africa, the Union of Latin American Parties, the Asia Pacific Democrat Union, the Caribbean Democrat Union, and the European People's Party, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists[5] and the (dormant since 2002) European Democrat Union in Europe. It also has an affiliated youth wing in the International Young Democrat Union and an affiliated women's wing in the International Women's Democrat Union.

Member parties[edit]

Full members[edit]

Country Party Abbr Status
 Albania Democratic Party of Albania PD in opposition
 Australia Liberal Party of Australia Lib leader of government coalition
 Austria Austrian People's Party ÖVP junior party in government
 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan National Independence Party AMIP in opposition
 Bolivia Social Democrat Movement Demócratas in opposition
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Party of Democratic Action SDA junior party in government
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Party of Democratic Progress PDP in opposition
 Brazil Democrats DEM in opposition
 Bulgaria Union of Democratic Forces SDS extraparliamentary opposition
 Canada Conservative Party of Canada CPC in government
 Chile Independent Democratic Union UDI in opposition
 Chile National Renewal RN in opposition
 Republic of China Kuomintang KMT in government
 Colombia Colombian Conservative Party PCC in coalition government
 Croatia Croatian Democratic Union HDZ in opposition
 Cyprus Democratic Rally DISY in government
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party ODS in opposition
 Denmark Conservative People's Party K in opposition
 Dominican Republic National Progressive Force FNP junior party in government
 Dominican Republic Social Christian Reformist Party PRSC in opposition
 Ecuador Social Christian Party PSC in opposition
 El Salvador Nationalist Republican Alliance ARENA in opposition
 Estonia Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica IRL in opposition
 European Union European People's Party EPP leader of government coalition
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists AECR In opposition
 Finland National Coalition Party Kok leader of government coalition
 France Union for a Popular Movement UMP in opposition
 Georgia United National Movement UNM in opposition
Christian-Democratic Movement KDM in opposition
 Germany Christian Democratic Union CDU leader of government coalition
Christian Social Union of Bavaria CSU leader of government in Bavaria, junior party in federal government coalition
 Ghana New Patriotic Party NPP in opposition
 Greece New Democracy ND senior party of government coalition
 Guatemala Unionist Party PU in opposition
 Honduras National Party of Honduras PNH in government
 Hungary Fidesz in government
 Iceland Independence Party XD in coalition government
 Kenya Democratic Party DP in opposition
 South Korea Saenuri Party in government
 Lithuania Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats TS-LKD in opposition
 Macedonia Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity VMRO–DPMNE in government
 Moldova Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova PLDM leader of government coalition
 Mongolia Democratic Party leader of government coalition
 Morocco Istiqlal Party in opposition
 New Zealand National Party Nat leader of government coalition
 Nicaragua Conservative Party PCN in opposition
 Norway Conservative Party H leader of government coalition
 Peru Christian People's Party PPC in opposition
 Portugal Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party CDS–PP junior party in government
 Serbia Democratic Party of Serbia DSS in opposition
 Slovenia Slovenian Democratic Party SDS in opposition
 Spain People's Party PP in government
 Sri Lanka United National Party UNP in opposition
 Sweden Moderate Party M leader of government coalition
 Uganda Forum for Democratic Change FDC in opposition
 United Kingdom Conservative and Unionist Party Con/Tory leader of government coalition
 United States Republican Party R/GOP majority in House of Representatives, minority in Senate
 Venezuela Project Venezuela PV in opposition

Associate members[edit]

Country Party Abbr Government
 Argentina Republican Proposal PRO in opposition
 Belarus Partyja BPF PBNF in opposition
 Belarus United Civil Party of Belarus UCP in opposition
 Cuba Cuban Democratic Directorate DDC in exile (United States)
 Georgia New Rights NRP in opposition
 Malta Nationalist Party PN in opposition
 Mozambique RENAMO in opposition
 Namibia Democratic Turnhalle Alliance DTA in opposition
 Panama Panameñista Party PP in opposition
 Saint Kitts and Nevis People's Action Movement PAM in opposition
 Paraguay Movimiento Dignidad Republicana / Partido Colorado MDR in government
 Russia Union of Right Forces Movement SPS extraparliamentary opposition
 Tanzania Party for Democracy and Progress Chadema in opposition
 Ukraine All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" leader of government coalition

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burnell, Peter J. (2006). Globalizing Democracy: Party Politics in Emerging Democracies. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-415-40184-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.idu.org/officers.aspx
  3. ^ Mohr, Alexander (2010). The German Political Foundations as Actors in Democracy Assistance. Boca Raton: Universal-Publishers. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-59942-331-9. 
  4. ^ Goldman, Ralph Morris (2002). The Future Catches Up: Transnational Parties and Democracy. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-595-22888-1. 
  5. ^ http://www.aecr.eu/node/229/lightbox2

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