According to Enver Hoxha, mass organizations were "levers of
the party for its ties with the masses," and they carried out
political, executive, and organizational work in such a way as
to enable party directives to be correctly understood and implemented
by the population at large. Because less than 4 percent of Albania's
population belonged to the APL as of 1990, the leadership relied
heavily on mass organizations to achieve political socialization.
They were controlled by APL cadres and used public funds for their
maintenance. However, by early 1992, the importance of these organizations
had diminished because a multiparty system had been established
and the public had the democratic means through which to channel
their political expressions.
Data as of April 1992