Dysfunctional Parties

Brief explanation of dysfunctional parties and their problems.

Information taken from the AS OCR Government and Politics textbook written by Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell.

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Dysfunctional parties mean that they do not work in the ideal way
PROBLEM 1 ­ Party membership is relatively small and unrepresentative
Many suggest that parties do not represent the population.
PROBLEM 2 ­ The electorate finds it difficult to distinguish between many of the parties
as they appear to share similar ideas
PROBLEM 3 ­ New and smaller parties are at a distinct disadvantage
They lack funds to compete with the larger and more established parties.
PROBLEM 4 ­ It is felt that the major parties ignore minority interests
This is because of fear of not gaining a majority vote after opting to focus on things that don't affect
the whole electorate.
PROBLEM 5 ­ Two or three major parties dominate the political system
This then begins to stifle debate.
PROBLEM 6 ­ It is felt that wealth individuals who make financial donations to
the parties have an unhealthy influence
The suspicion is that in making the donations, they expect something in return from the party if it gets
into power.
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