Political marketing: The cause of an emerging democratic deficit in Britain?

Authors: Lilleker, D.G.

Volume: 14

Pages: 5-26

ISBN: 9780203826157

DOI: 10.4324/9780203826126


Political marketing, as a set of techniques for policy design and development, was welcomed as a route towards a more participatory form of democracy. However, as New Labour attempted to rebrand itself to suit key segments of the electorate, we find that voters are not participating to any greater extent. In fact sections of the electorate are rejecting the democratic process, feeling that parties have little care for those outside their target segment. This paper questions the way New Labour employed marketing and, drawing on primary data, relates this to the dramatic fall in turnout in 2001.

Source: Scopus