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Political Parties and the Public Accountability of Leaders

David Hine

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280351.003.0007
 Political Parties and the Public Accountability of Leaders

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Electoral accountability of leaders through political parties to the people is essential to representative democracy. Parties have suffered from declines in membership and increasing electoral volatility. There has been an increase in corruption of the political class, in the problem of managing factional conflict, and a reduced policy‐making capacity. Cartel parties have developed, which derive their strength from political patronage and public subsidies through holding government office.

Keywords: accountability; cartel parties; corruption; factional conflict; political class; political patronage; representative democracy

Chapter.  9091 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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