Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns

A Handbook on Political Finance
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This publication is only available in electronic format
Published: 
1 April 2014
Language: 
English
Pages: 
458
ISBN: 
978-91-87729-24-9 (Print)
ISBN: 
978-91-87729-96-6 (EPUB)
Author(s): 
Elin Falguera, Samuel Jones, Magnus Ohman

All political parties need funding to play their part in the political process, yet the role of money in politics is arguably the biggest threat to democracy today.

This global threat knows no boundaries, and is evident across all continents from huge corporate campaign donations in the United States and drug money seeping into politics in Latin America, to corruption scandals throughout Asia and Europe. Attempts to tackle these challenges through political finance laws and regulations are often undermined by a lack of political will or capacity, as well as poorly designed and enforced measures.

This Handbook addresses the problems of money in politics by analysing political finance regulations around the world and providing guidance for reform. The chapters are divided by region; each assesses the current state of regulations in relation to its challenges and offers a series of recommendations to tackle the identified shortcomings.

This contextual approach has the benefit of revealing regional trends and patterns. An additional chapter focuses on gender, reflecting the reality that women remain grossly under-represented in politics, and how the increasing influence of money in politics perpetuates this inequality.

Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

Acronyms and abbreviations

1. Introduction to Political Finance

2. Getting the Political Finance System Right

3. Africa

4. Asia

5. Latin America

6. Eastern, Central and South-eastern Europe and Central Asia

7. Northern, Western and Southern Europe

8. The Established Anglophone Democracies

9. Women in Politics: Financing for Gender Equality

10. Conclusions

Annexes

Index

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Middle Row from left to right:  Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment at International IDEA; Keboitse Machangana, Former Director of Global Programme at International IDEA; Annika Savill, Executive Head for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF); Njeri Kabeberi, Chair of International IDEA’s Board of Advisers; Sarah Lister, Head of Governance at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Margot Wallström, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. 

Bottom row from left to right: Pippa Norris, Lecturer and Political Science at Harvard University; Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation; Maria Leissner, Ambassador at Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Riika Laatu, Finnish Ambassador to Myanmar; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. 

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