Five political parties are currently represented in Liechtenstein's parliament.
The two major parties - the Patriotic Union and the Progressive Citizens' Party - traditionally form a coalition. In the past, the Progressive Citizens' Party defended conservative interests, while the Patriotic Union was characterised by a social-liberal ideology. Today, however, these parties are politically much closer to each other. There are also members of parliament from the free list, a left-leaning liberal party, from the independents of du! and the democrats pro Liechtenstein.
Until around 20 years ago, party allegiance tended to be passed down from generation to generation. This has recently changed, with current issues now more likely to influence the decision-making of young voters.