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The problem with party finance : theoretical perspectives on the funding of party politics

Hopkin, Jonathan (2004) The problem with party finance : theoretical perspectives on the funding of party politics. Party Politics, 10 (6). pp. 627-651. ISSN 1460-3683

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Abstract

This article presents some theoretical contours for the study of party finance and its consequences. Two broad issues are explored. First, the article develops an account of changes in patterns of party finance, and in particular the move away from the ‘mass party’ model of funding towards ‘elite party’ and ‘cartel party’ models. Party finance is conceptualized as a collective action problem, and four ‘post-mass party’ financial strategies are identified. Second, the article addresses normative issues, assessing how these four financial models perform in terms of ‘liberal’ and ‘populist’ theories of democracy. It is concluded that the mass party model remains closest to the ‘democratic’ ideal, whilst the state-financed (‘cartel’) model is a reasonable pragmatic response to the decline in party membership.

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Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/646/

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