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Unformatted text preview: 24/11/2009 11:34:00 Political Parties - engine of political democracy Is their decline a symptom or a cause? Objectives - to explain the function of political parties- to examine some reasons why they are in decline The number of countries without a party system? - none - this suggests that regardless of the kind of democracy each country has, political parties are always existent- they are vital to the health of a democracy The case for parties as organs of the state- receive annual allowance(based on votes) from state 1993 regulations changed this so parties would receive a subsidy- individual limits on political donations limit is 1000 dollars per person to lessen the impact of parties on rich benefactors - ban on union and corporate donations reason being complete transparency - reimbursed for cost of national campaign But yet - no laws about how parties are created or by who...
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