Should the state fund political parties?

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  • Should the state fund political parties?
    • For
      • End opportunities for corrupt use of donations
      • End possibilities of hidden forms of influence through funding
      • Reduce the huge financial advantage that large parties enjoy and give smaller parties the opportunity to progress
      • Improve democracy by ensuring wider participation from groups that have no ready source of funds
    • Against
      • Taxpayers objecting to funding parties as they are considered as 'private' organisations
      • Difficult to know how to distribute funding
      • Parties may lose some of their independence and will see themselves as organs of the state
      • May lead to excessive state regulation of parties

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