The Cost of Democracy

Party Funding in Modern British Politics

By Keith Ewing

British party funding has given rise to great controversy since 1997, and continues to do so. In recent years, scandal has followed scandal, from million pound donations, to the so-called 'loans for peerages' affair. This book charts the evolution of the party funding problem in recent years, and explores the weaknesses of the political parties and the Elections and Referendums Act 2000 which was enacted in a vain attempt to clean up British politics. The book sets out a number of core principles which should inform the development of public policy in this field, and examines the different strategies for the implementation of these principles. Having regard to the experience of other countries - including Canada, Germany, and Sweden - a radical framework of reform is proposed, designed to address the emerging crisis of party government, with serious implications for democracy itself. The main concern is with the development of bold reform initiatives to encourage political parties to recruit and retain members, and give members rights in relation to the government and administration of these parties.

279 pages

Publication Date: 3/21/2007
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781841137162