The political parties and party system

Patrick DUNLEAVY, Sean Kippin

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Patrick Dunleavy and Sean Kippin examine how democratic the UK’s party system and political parties are. Parties often attract criticism from those outside their ranks, but they have multiple, complex roles to play in any liberal democratic society. The UK’s system has many strengths, but also key weaknesses, where meaningful reform could realistically take place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe UK's Changing Democracy
Subtitle of host publicationThe 2018 Democratic Audit
EditorsPatrick Dunleavy, Alice Park, Ros Taylor
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherLSE Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781909890466, 9781909890473, 9781909890480
ISBN (Print)9781909890442
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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DUNLEAVY, P., & Kippin, S. (2018). The political parties and party system. In P. Dunleavy, A. Park, & R. Taylor (Eds.), The UK's Changing Democracy: The 2018 Democratic Audit (pp. 93-111). London, UK: LSE Press.