Party of power

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A party of power refers to a political party that has a close relationship with the executive branch of government in a manner that the party is an extension of the executive rather than an autonomous political organization.[1] The concept is similar to that of a cartel party.[1] The concept has been commonly applied to post-Soviet political parties, claims have been made that United Russia, the New Azerbaijan Party, and Nur Otan are parties of power.[1]

The conception of what constitutes a party of power by proponents of the concept has been criticized, including by those who claim that United Russia and Nur Otan do not strictly rule in accordance to this manner nor consistently possess power, and thus such claims are regarded as misleading.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Rico Isaacs. Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics. Routledge, 2011. P38.