Political Parties

  • Christopher Kirkland


Political parties can be seen as the supply side of (most) elections. They provide candidates and policy platforms that voters are able to compare. Parties are themselves concerned with obtaining (political) power. In order to achieve this, parties in democratic countries must compete in and win elections. Yet, do parties treat each election as an equal means to obtain such power? This chapter draws upon political parties spending returns and argues that parties offer different levels of salience to different elections. Through doing so it challenges existing assumptions that levels of salience offered to different elections are consistent amongst all those who participate within them. Drawing upon empirical evidence, it argues that political parties are not homogenous in their view of elections and prioritise elections differently.


Devolution Political parties Party spending Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Scottish National Party 


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  • Christopher Kirkland
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  1. 1.School of Humanities, Religion and PhilosophyYork St John UniversityYorkUK

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