To fulfil their democratic functions, parties must have a degree of organisation and be able to fund their activities throughout the electoral cycle. Organisation helps parties to debate and decide upon policy, recruit members, activists and candidates, and to campaign for election. Nevertheless, the study of organisation and funding is often overlooked since it involves examining aspects of parties’ internal affairs conducted behind closed doors. Yet party organisation and funding are key issues and important conflicts over political power often occur not in the broader political system, but within parties. To be able to form any view on how political parties in the UK are working, understanding organisation and funding is imperative. This chapter therefore introduces and evaluates key developments in party organisation and funding in the UK in recent years. The chapter focuses on the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
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- Developments in Party Organisation and Funding
Dr Alistair Clark
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