Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447306320 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
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Money and Electoral Politics

Local Parties and Funding at General Elections

Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie

Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 64 figures, 37 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447306320 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447306313 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
In Money and Electoral Politics, Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie draw on the latest research—including much unpublished material—to explore the financial differences between the United Kingdom’s three main political parties in the four years leading up to the 2010 General Election. They look at how much local party branches raised and at the profound influence financing had on candidate performance. They show that fundraising at local levels often fell significantly short, suggesting a major problem with state of grassroots organizing—the capacity to effectively engage voters is confined to a relatively small number of constituencies. The result is an important contribution to the continuing debates on campaign finance, both in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. 
LSE Review of Books
“An interesting new twist on the debate. . . . [Johnston and Pattie] suggest that the poverty of local campaigns is as much a symptom as a cause of democratic malaise, and that while more money would help increase contact between parties and voters, it is not a simple solution to political disengagement.”
Contents

Introduction
Follow the Money: Cash, Party and Electioneering in Britain
Money Matters: Local Campaigns at British General Elections
The Financial Health of Local Parties: the Key to Electoral Success?
Raising the Money: Donations to Local Parties
Party Funding Futures
In Conclusion

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