Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
McMenamin, I
2011
January
Western European Politics
Liberal Market Economies, Business, and Political Finance: Britain under New Labour
Published
3 ()
Optional Fields
DONATIONS MONEY
34
1021
1043
The extent and nature of business financing of parties is an important feature of political finance. Britain's transparent and permissive regulatory system provides an excellent opportunity to study business financing of parties. Business donations have been very important to the Conservative party over the last decade, and of only marginal importance to Labour. Unlike other Conservative contributors, business donors are more likely to contribute when the party is popular. In contrast to the previous period of Conservative government, the biggest British businesses tended to abstain from political finance under New Labour. However, their bias towards the Conservatives is affected by the party's popularity and the closeness of an election. Britain shares the political importance of business financing of parties and its mixture of ideological and pragmatic motivations with other liberal market economies. However, in Britain the bias towards the right is much stronger and the role of big business more marginal.
ABINGDON
0140-2382
10.1080/01402382.2011.591092
Grant Details