In Germany prior and during the 1900’s Kaiser Wilhelm II held the power of most political matters meaning it was hard for democracy to rise in German parliament. However during this period the rise of the SPD showed that a change in parliamentary democracy was occurring, it can also be shown through the increase of Reichstag elections meaning that German citizens were finally taking advantage of their right to freedom of expression. Significantly, the change was also limited due to the entrenched autocracy in Germany at this time.
An important factor to consider in the growing parliamentary democracy was that all men over the age of 25 had the right of universal suffrage, giving Germany a broader franchise than Britain until 1918. This allowed men from all classes to vote rather than the richer classes having the majority of voters meaning that Germany was starting to become well represented in parliament. Voting also included a secret ballot which meant that German citizens could vote without the fear of persecution, so the votes would be the honest opinions of German citizens. This links in with the idea that citizens were starting to take advantage of Rechtsstaact, the turn out for Reichstag elections increased substantially from 50% in 1871 to 85% in 1912. The growth of the Social Democratic party was also a clear indication for the growing parliamentary democracy and the nations want for change. In the 1912 election the SPD polled 4,250,000 votes and became the largest party in the Reichstag with 110 deputies. Although the Reichstag could be dissolved by the Kaiser, it could not be dissolved completely and it has the right to hold elections after is dissolution. This shows that the Reichstag would always have a voice over political issues in Germany even if the Kaiser elected to dissolve it, showing that Germany was a parliamentary democracy to some extent.