By Herbert E. Alexander, Joel Federman
This publication matters the financing of politics, political events, applicants and elections in 11 international locations. It includes case reviews of person nations, numerous country-by-country comparisons, and a conceptual framework permitting the reader to appreciate the context of monetary assets and implications of investment resources. the entire chapters reveal the issues universal to democracies trying to keep an eye on makes use of and abuses of cash in politics in pluralistic societies during which there are various openings for political disbursements; many current subject matters emphasizing varieties of public investment (alternatively known as country relief in a few nations) during which governments help events or applicants to subsist and compete. Professor Alexander has assembled a distinctive overseas group of individuals to provide this primary significant appraisal of one of these very important element of democratic perform for almost 20 years.
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Individual party membership dropped from nearly 1 million in the early 1950s to barely 300,000 by the late 1960s. According to official figures - which are more reliable than before because of changes in the rules relating to constituency affiliations to the national party - there were 324,000 members in 1984. In comparison, there were 348,000 members in 1980, 277,000 in 1981, 274,000 in 1982 and 295,000 in 1983. 20 in 1978 to £6 in 1982, one might have expected a sharper fall than actually occurred.
183,163 Payments to Head Office include affiliation fees and payments to the general election fund. Total levy expenditure includes payments to Labor Head Office, regional and local Labor parties, but excludes administrative expenditure. Sources: Political fund accounts submitted to the Certification Officer and Labor Party Annual Report, 1983. 8 million was paid in affiliation fees to the National Executive Committee. 1 million. Normally unions build up their levy funds between general elections in order to make extra payments to the Labor Party in campaign years.
Along with rising payments from the unions, there have been sharp increases in affiliation payments by constituency Labor parties, which are approaching the level of quota payments by Conservative constituency associations. They rose from £210,000 in 1979 to £710,000 in 1984, an increase of more than 100 percent in real terms. However, it is unclear how far this represents an increase in donations by local party members or money raised by local Labor parties from trade unions. After the 1979 election, the Labor Party Head Office moved from the headquarters of the Transport and General Workers' Union in Smith Square, Westminster, to a renovated building in Walworth Road, Southwark.
Comparative Political Finance in the 1980s (Advances in Political Science) by Herbert E. Alexander, Joel Federman