The PRuF has set itself the task of performing an information and education function for the public. It is a genuine function of science, not only to have an internal effect on the teaching of students, but also to educate the public in a good sense. Especially as a ‘democracy science’, party law and party research must aim for understanding among the population. In particular, media and also large public events are suitable for this.
Employees as experts in the media
From a constitutional theory perspective, the law of the political process touches the legitimacy foundations of the political order. To the extent, that this can ultimately only be achieved through voluntary consent of the population, this law cannot exist without the population’s understanding and support. Party law depends to a greater extent on the understanding and acceptance of the citizens. The defence and, above all, the explanation of the legal rules of political debate must not be left solely to state organs, but, too, needs the attention of the public and its media. This results in a special obligation of party law and the political science dealing with the party system to the public. The members of the institute are frequently sought-after experts in radio, television and the press.
Public events and professional journal
The public includes not only media presence, but also its own conferences, which are aimed at a broader public. The Institute's annual Party Scientific Symposium links basic research, applied research, teaching and the public. At these regular Party Science Symposia, fundamental scientific questions are debated by representatives of the academic community. Furthermore, students as well as representatives of political parties and the public are also involved. The scientific output of the Party Science Symposia is published in a conference volume in the series of publications of the Institute.
Finally, with its own journal "Mitteilungen des Instituts für Deutsches und Internationales Parteienrecht und Parteienforschung" (MIP), the institute provides an interested public with the opportunity to obtain free online information on party science topics.