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This article assesses the value of local parties. It asks why political parties value their local sections. It also considers the ways in which local parties can benefit society. Local parties act as a democratic training ground for party members, are a conduit for political communication and provide parties with a range of resources. They also act as problem solving agencies; they ensure that policy is responsive to local needs; they provide an additional channel of communication and accountability; and they link citizens with the state. The article ends with an appeal to party scholars to refocus their attention towards local parties.
Author(s): Clark A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 0263-3957
ISSN (electronic): 1467-9256
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
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