This Primer introduces the concept of online political crowdfunding and the different forms that are currently used by political parties. It draws on experiences of a selection of political parties mainly from Europe, and aims to provide a snapshot of the crucial considerations innovative party leaders should be aware of when seeking to rejuvenate their organizations.

International IDEA’s Political Party Innovation Primers are designed to explain emerging trends and practices being adopted by political parties worldwide to reconnect with citizens. Each Primer provides guidance to citizens in general, and to members and sympathizers of existing or new parties in particular, on how to introduce innovative ideas and practices in their organizations.

The Primers aim to fill gaps in existing literature on selected topics, and draw on interviews and consultations with party activists and experts who have employed the innovative means in question.


Publication date
19 June 2018
Number of pages
978-91-7671-177-4 (PDF)

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1. Introduction

2. What is the issue? The rationale of crowdfunding

3. Perspectives on online political crowdfunding

4. Issues to consider before engaging in online political crowdfunding

5. Models, tools and methods of crowdfunding

6. Conclusion: beyond fundraising



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