The International Democrat Union
International Democrat Union
(IDU) is an international alliance of centre-right political parties. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway,[1] the IDU comprises 71 full and associate members from 63 different countries.[2] It is chaired by Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada
and is presently the CEO of international consulting firm Harper & Associates Consulting Inc. 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 around 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 Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU). Created at the instigation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
and US Vice President George H. W. Bush, the organisation was founded at a joint meeting of the EDU and APDU 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 the International Young Democrat Union
International Young Democrat Union
led by Australian Simon Breheny[6] and an affiliated women's wing in the International Women's Democrat Union.


1 Founding 2 Member parties

2.1 Full members 2.2 Associate members

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Founding[edit] IDU was founded in London, on July 24, 1983.[7] The founding declaration was signed by 19 persons:[7]

Person Party Country

Alois Mock Austrian People's Party Austria

Margaret Thatcher Conservative Party United Kingdom

Helmut Kohl Christian Democratic Union of Germany West Germany

Franz-Josef Strauss Christian Social Union in Bavaria West Germany

Jacques Chirac Rally for the Republic France

Andrew Peacock Liberal Party of Australia Australia

Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza New Democracy Greece

Fraga Iribarne People's Alliance Spain

Oscar Alzaga People's Democratic Party Spain

Susanne Wood New Zealand
New Zealand
National Party New Zealand

Glafcos Clerides Democratic Rally Cyprus

Ilkka Suominen National Coalition Party Finland

Lucas Pires CDS – People's Party Portugal

Tatsuo Tanaka Liberal Democratic Party Japan

Ulf Adelsohn Moderate Party Sweden

Erik Nielsen Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Canada

Poul Schluter Conservative People's Party Denmark

Jo Benkow Conservative Party Norway

Frank Fahrenkopf Republican Party United States

Member parties[edit] Full members[edit]

Country Party Abbr Status Period of membership

 Albania Democratic Party of Albania PD in opposition

 Australia Liberal Party of Australia Lib Senior party in coalition

 Austria Austrian People's Party ÖVP Senior party in coalition

 Argentina Republican Proposal PRO Senior party in coalition

 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
National Independence Party AMIP in opposition

 Bolivia Social Democrat Movement Demócratas in opposition

 Bosnia and Herzegovina Party of Democratic Action SDA Senior party in coalition

Party of Democratic Progress PDP in government

 Brazil Democrats DEM in government

 Bulgaria GERB

in government

Union of Democratic Forces SDS in government

 Canada Conservative Party of Canada CPC/PCC in opposition

 Chile Independent Democratic Union UDI in government

National Renewal RN in government

Republic of China Kuomintang KMT in opposition

 Colombia Colombian Conservative Party PCC Junior party in coalition

Democratic Center CD in opposition

 Croatia Croatian Democratic Union HDZ Senior party in coalition

 Cyprus Democratic Rally DISY in government

 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party ODS in opposition

 Denmark Conservative People's Party K Junior party in coalition

 Dominica Dominica
Freedom Party DFP extraparliamentary opposition

 Dominican Republic National Progressive Force FNP in opposition

 Ecuador Social Christian Party PSC in opposition

 El Salvador Nationalist Republican Alliance ARENA in opposition

 Estonia Pro Patria and Res Publica Union IRL Junior party in coalition

 European Union European People's Party EPP Senior party in coalition

Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe AECR In opposition

 Finland National Coalition Party Kok Junior party in coalition

 France The Republicans LR in opposition

 Georgia United National Movement UNM in opposition

Christian-Democratic Movement KDM in opposition

 Germany Christian Democratic Union CDU Senior party in coalition

Christian Social Union of Bavaria CSU Junior party in federal government coalition

 Ghana New Patriotic Party NPP in government

 Greece New Democracy ND in opposition

 Grenada New National Party NNP in government

 Guatemala Unionist Party PU in opposition

 Honduras National Party of Honduras PNH in government

 Hungary Fidesz

in government

 Iceland Independence Party XD in government

 India Bharatiya Janata Party BJP in government since February 25 2016[8]

 Jamaica Jamaica
Labour Party JLP in government

 South Korea Liberty Korea Party LKP in opposition

 Lebanon Lebanese Forces LF in opposition

 Lithuania Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats TS-LKD in opposition

 Macedonia Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity VMRO–DPMNE in opposition

 Mexico National Action Party PAN in opposition

 Maldives Maldivian Democratic Party MDP in opposition

 Moldova Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova PLDM in opposition

 Mongolia Democratic Party

in opposition

 Montenegro Movement for Changes PzP in opposition

 Morocco Istiqlal Party

in opposition

 New Zealand National Party Nats in opposition since 1983[9]

 Nicaragua Conservative Party PCN in opposition

 Norway Conservative Party H Senior party in coalition

 Panama Democratic Change CD in opposition

 Peru Christian People's Party PPC extraparliamentary opposition

 Portugal CDS – People's Party CDS–PP in opposition

 Saint Lucia United Workers Party (Saint Lucia) UWP

since 2014[10]

 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 government

 Sweden Moderate Party M in opposition

 Uganda Forum for Democratic Change FDC in opposition

 United Kingdom Conservative and Unionist Party Con in minority government

 United States Republican Party R/GOP in government

 Venezuela Project Venezuela PV in opposition

Associate members[edit]

Country Party Abbr Government Period of membership

 Belarus Partyja BPF PBNF extraparliamentary opposition

United Civic Party of Belarus OGP in opposition

 Cuba Cuban Democratic Directorate DDC in exile (United States)

 Georgia New Rights NRP in opposition

 Kenya Democratic Party DP in opposition

 Paraguay National Republican Association – Colorado Party ANR-PC in government

 Tanzania Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo CHADEMA in opposition

 Ukraine All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" VOB in opposition

See also[edit]


Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe Centrist Democrat International European People's Party European Conservatives and Reformists Political internationals: such as Liberal International, the corresponding liberal organisation; and Socialist International, the corresponding centre-left organisation


^ Burnell, Peter J. (2006). Globalizing Democracy: Party Politics in Emerging Democracies. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-415-40184-5.  ^ International Democrat Union. "IDU Members". Archived from the original on 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2016-04-22.  ^ Mohr, Alexander (2010). The German Political Foundations as Actors in Democracy Assistance. Boca Raton: Universal-Publishers. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-59942-331-9.  ^ Goldman, Ralph Morris (2002). The Future Catches Up: Transnational Parties and Democracy. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-595-22888-1.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012.  ^ "IYDU-New Chairman
and Board Elected". IDU. November 15, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.  ^ a b International Democrat Union, minutes of founding meeting, 1983 ^ Akhilesh Pillalamarri "India's Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
Joins Union of International Conservative Parties" "The Diplomat" February 27, 2016 [1] ^ "John Key chairs International Democrat Union" "Newshub" 21/11/2014 [2] ^ United Workers Party "UWP to become full member of International Democrat Union" "St Lucia News Online" November 17, 2014 [3]

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