Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 14

Webb (2000) is the most important modern study of parties. McKenzie (1963), the great classic study, is a 'must' for any serious beginner on the organisation and history of parties. Pinto-Duschinsky (1981) is a great study of finance, with implications that go well beyond finance, and the work of Fisher (for instance 2003) always keeps the story up to date. Whiteley and Seyd (2002) are authoritative on party activism, while Seyd and Whiteley (1992) and Whiteley, Seyd and Richardson (1994) report in more detail on the Conservative and Labour parties. Studies of the organisation of parties beyond the big two are very thin and these parties are probably best still approached through now dated studies: Newton (1969) on British Communism, Benewick (1969) and Husbands (1984) on Fascism. A collection on the Liberal Party (Bogdanor 1983) is still useful, but the great study of this whole part of the spectrum is Crewe and King (1995) on the SDP.

For this and the next chapter there is an excellent specialist journal, which covers far more than Britain: Party Politics, available in all good academic libraries.

The best web site for this chapter is the main regulator for political parties in Britain, the Electoral Commission: www.electoralcommission.gov.uk.