elections

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  • elections
    • functions
      • representation
      • influence over policy
      • legitimacy
      • government accountability
      • participation
      • choosing a government
      • elite recruitment
      • citizen education
    • state funding
      • for
        • parties already receive state funding
        • ensure greater quality of resources
        • end reliance on private donations
        • increase public confidence
      • against
        • extend unhealthy link between parties and state
        • funding isn't needed to improve performance in small parties
        • not end questionable donations
        • misuse of tax payers money
    • features of general election campaigns
      • parties publish manifestos
      • run campaigns to set agenda
      • focus on small number of national issues
      • party leaders have high profile
      • parties use advertisements, election broadcasts and the internet
      • focus on key target seats
      • television is important
      • newspaper declare party allegiance
        • colours coverage
      • opposition polls published
    • accounts of representation
      • delegate models
      • party representation
      • resemblence
      • constituency representation
      • trustee model

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