April 16, 2008

Paying for the Party: Myths and realities in British political finance

Foreword by David Butler

The case for urgent reform of Britain’s political finance laws, and for increased state funding of political parties, is generally based on the premise that the expenditures of British political parties have rocketed.
The extensive new research and documentation in this study shows that the reformers are proposing to cure a largely imaginary malady. Furthermore, the proposed medication could have a toxic effect on Britain’s parties and democracy. There is no ‘arms race’.


Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

Former Senior Consultant to Policy Exchange, Political Institutions

Roger Gough

Head of Government & Constitution Unit, 2006-2009

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