The Centre Party was represented in the German parliament until 1957.
It exists as a marginal party, mainly based in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Unconsolidated democracies suffer from formalized but intermittent elections and clientelism.
After World War II, the party was refounded, but could not rise again to its former importance, as most of its members joined the new Christian Democratic Union (CDU).) is a lay Catholic political party in Germany, primarily influential during the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic.In English it is often called the Catholic Centre Party.Elections are a core part of the common understanding and practice of democracy.Yet experience - not least in countries emerging from violent conflict - increasingly suggests that electoral events conceived and held in isolation from their broader political context can become as much part of the prevailing political "problem" as their democratic "solution".