money in politics

Political finance transparency as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)

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A lack of information on how much money circulates in and around elections, where resources are coming from and how they are spent could facilitate corruption and undermine integrity of political participation and representation. Transparency in the funding of political parties and election campaigns plays a key role in advancing global anti-corruption agenda. The adoption of commitments on political finance transparency as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an important step in that direction.

Money in politics: the good, the bad and the what could become ugly

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For democracies to function properly and meet the needs of citizens, they need to be adequately resourced. It is therefore unavoidable to talk about money when discussing the conduct of elections, running a government, drafting laws and running public services.

The discussion is not just about the amounts of money and how it is allocated. It can also include the system of allocation and where the money comes from. This is important as while money can enable a democracy to better provide and secure the future of its citizens (the good), it is prone to abuse (the bad). 

Let’s talk about money: comparative perspectives on political finance regulations

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Money is a necessary component of the democratic process, enabling the expression of political support as well as competition in elections. At the same time, if the funding of political parties and election campaigns are not effectively regulated, money could also undermine the integrity of processes and institutions of political participation and representation.