• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What are the main ways in which political Parties reinforce parliamentary democracy?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What are the main ways in which political Parties reinforce parliamentary democracy? Political parties in the UK have a multitude of functions in the modern age, all of which are designed to reinforce our parliamentary democracy. The way in which they do this is by representing the views of the majority, as this is the basis of any democratic society, a government "by the people, for the people, of the people". Through the policies they implement when in government, either dictated through their manifesto at election time or through opinion polls and such like, they rule the country in the way that the majority see fit. However, it is not just when in power that political parties are important. ...read more.

Middle

This is an especially large problem within the younger voting ages. This is due to a number of factors, but mainly because people believe that there vote wont make a difference. Obviously this devalues the whole principle of democracy, which makes it all the more difficult to uphold. Parties also recruit leaders and candidates for office, according to who the party members believe will have the most success in leading the party in the way in which both they and the public desire. After elections, the party with power, and indeed any legitimate party will ensure that the transition of power is done peacefully, and that the power of parliament is upheld. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are many issues besides. For example, many would claim that parties will over simplify issues so that they can put their own slant on the topic in order to gain public approval of decisions, whether at election times or whilst in power. However, it can be claimed that many issues will need to be simplified for the majority of the electorate to understand them. Another key issue that Tony Blair has been criticised over is excessive 'Party Unity'. There was much condemnation in the late 90's of Blair's attempts to control the Labour party from the centre, by placing 'Tony's Cronies' in key and influential positions. It has also been claimed that in the past, outspoken backbenchers have been heavily reprimanded for criticising the leadership of the party. Obviously debate within a party is a vital component of democracy. Tim Collins Page 1 10/11/02 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. In What Ways Do Political Parties Promote Democracy?

    Tony Blair on the war in Iraq - many citizens thing they are being ignored by Tony Blair on their protests to allow troops to stay here in the UK, and not go off to war). Every four years in a representative democracy, the electorate hands power to the political party that wins.

  2. Examine the significance of William Pitt, the younger's Government in reforming the British Parliamentary ...

    New pressures were to agitate old religious feuds; this would cause the creation of the Rebellion Act 1798. In 1792, Pitt had decided that the resolution of the Irish religious problem needed to be addressed, he suggested, "Catholic emancipation and state provision for Catholic and Dissenting clergy."(Brown, 2005 p4)

  1. Political parties and representation

    under Thatcher won 36% of the 'working class' vote - and Blair is now winning more middle class voters for Labour; Lib-Dems, SNP, PC etc winning more votes in 1980s: more people don't feel strong class identification). In the US, Republicans and Democrats are now level-pegging in most southern states, etc.

  2. Assess the extent to which the activities of political parties are a vital part ...

    One of the main advantages of having political parties is that there is almost always someone there who has the same or similar beliefs to you. The political parties give the people a voice. There are no substitutes for political parties in our political system; no other groups are able to represent the electorate's views in the same way.

  1. Representation and Democracy in Britain 1830 – 1931

    New Liberals argued that individual liberty had little meaning to the poor, since poverty restricted what they could do, and self-help could not lift them out of poverty. Intervention by the state was necessary for both national efficiency and social justice.

  2. This assignment identifies and discusses the major social and political trends expected to affect ...

    Opposition parties are essential to ensure prevalence of countervailing power. Outsiders, citizens groups, must have enough muscle to make government listen, even if they do not always do what they wish. There is little incentive for it to take the opposition seriously, because there is no prospect that it could become the government.

  1. What are the main functions of political parties? How effectively do political parties fulfil ...

    Equally, the Green Party can act in this way on environmental issues, looking to influence policy and power rather than use it. The Electoral Function is the idea that candidates can ally themselves with a certain party in order to get the support of that party for their campaign and

  2. Notes on Citizenship and Democracy.

    taking and how these will affect him, his family and all of society. 1. A worrying fact is that in 2004 P. Caruana gave questionnaires to students and it turned out that 31% of the students would do nothing when they are against something implemented by the government, 53% would

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work