The Cost of Democracy
Party Funding in Modern British Politics
By (author) Keith Ewing
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Cost of Democracy by Keith Ewing
Book DescriptionParty funding has given rise to great controversy since 1997, and continues to do so. In recent years, row has followed row - from million-pound donations, to the so-called 'loans for peerages' affair. The question was the subject of an official investigation by Sir Hayden Phillips, whose blueprint for reform was produced in March 2007. This book charts the evolution of the party funding problem in recent years and explores the weaknesses of the Political Parties, 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 othercountries, including Canada, Germany and Sweden, a radical framework ofreform 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. This thoughtful yet hard-hitting account by one of the leading scholars in the field will be of interest to constitutional lawyers and political scientists, as well as journalists and those with an interest in the way we are governed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841137162
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 9-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Sceptical Essays on Human Rights, Hardback (December 2001)» View all books by Keith Ewing
This collection of 20 essays written by an array of internationally prestigious scholars explores the reservations about Britain's Human Rights Act 1998. All the contributors endorse the importance of human rights within any democratic system of government, but question primary reponsibility.
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Author Biography - Keith Ewing
Keith Ewing is Professor of Law at King's College London.
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