The Problem With Single-Issue Political Parties

There are certain political parties that are wholly focused on advocating for a single issue. Such parties are (appropriately) referred to as ‘single-issue political parties’. In every mature democracy, you are likely to find at least one or two such parties. Even in growing democracies, you will occasionally find single issue parties. Some may, of course, be named in a manner to suggests that they have broader agendas. But when you dig deeper, you realize that they are entirely and wholly focused on a single issue.

Not being taken seriously

The main problem that single-issue political parties face is in that people don’t take them seriously. Actually, the only people who seem to take the single issue political parties seriously are their founders, and the few members they manage to attract. The rest of the population will listen to the issues raised by the parties, but they don’t see why they should join (or support) political parties that are wholly and entirely dedicated to advocating for a single issue.

Struggling financially

Single issue political parties tend to struggle financially. It is hard for the big donors to open their purse strings to such parties. It is even harder for individual ‘small’ donors to give their hard-earned cash to such parties. The individual donor can’t, for instance, fathom how he would visit the mygiftcardsitebalancecheck page, and check his gift card balance  — with a view of donating his gift card cash to a political party that is entirely and wholly committed to advocacy of a single issue! Such a potential donor is likely to think of a thousand other ways in which he could use his gift card cash (at

Single issue parties worth supporting

But truth be told, there are certain single-issue parties that are worth supporting. In some nations, you look around, and realize that there is a single (main) issue that is hindering progress. The issue in question may, for instance, be corruption. In that case, it would surely make a lot of sense to support a single issue political party that whole and entirely supports an anti-corruption agenda.