Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alistair Clark
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Political parties are in a unique situation, being able to change electoral rules and regulations to minimise any potential negative effects on their electoral prospects. Attempts to influence regulators, however, can be complex and include voicing concerns, public pressure and the regulatory capture of electoral regulators. Little is known about this relationship between parties and their regulators. This paper focuses on this crucial electoral relationship through a study of political parties’ relations with the UK Electoral Commission. The first section addresses the background to the legal regulation of political parties. The second section proposes a framework through which parties’ reactions to regulation may be understood. The third part introduces the British case, providing evidence to demonstrate the broad utility of the framework. The final section analyses the issues that parties have raised with their regulators.
Author(s): Clark A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Party Politics
Print publication date: 01/11/2017
Online publication date: 09/11/2015
Acceptance date: 15/10/2015
ISSN (print): 1354-0688
ISSN (electronic): 1460-3683
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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