Scrutinizing a relatively new field of study, the Handbook of Political Party Funding assesses the basic assumptions underlying the research, presenting an unequalled variety of case studies from diverse political finance systems.
With contributions from both eminent international scholars and prominent representatives of the second generation of students in the field, this original and thought-provoking collection of current research updates our understanding of party funding regimes, while contributing to the re-examination of perennial and often problematic issues. It illustrates, using select empirical data, the range of alternative political finance structures, exposing both the limits of these regimes and their effects on parties, systems and on democratic competition. Offering diverse and detailed case studies, the chapters examine the stakes involved nationally, and the impact of financing on the political environment. At the same time, they present a picture of a field of study that is still establishing itself, offering direction for future research.
Students and academics of political science, public law and comparative politics will find this an essential reference for studying party funding and its wider influence. Members of political institutions and those fighting political corruption will find this an incredibly useful Handbook for understanding the positives and negatives of party funding globally.
‘This Handbook is the most important contribution over the past generation to the understanding of the role of money in politics – one of the thorniest issues for democracy today. The breadth and ambition of this book is only equaled by the rigor of the chapters, written by a stellar and global group of scholars. This is simply the best available survey of the knowledge accrued on the regulation of political finance across the world. But it is also a work of wisdom, which combines a sense of urgency with a nuanced view of political finance and the limits of regulation. This volume is destined to become a classic text in the field.’
– Kevin Casas-Zamora, Inter-American Dialogue, US
‘Money is a central part of the political process in all parts of the world, regardless of their past democratic development or current political situation. However, the dynamics of political finance vary between regions and contexts. In this excellent book, scholars examine the influence of money over politics in a wide range of countries from Lesotho to Germany, and in established democracies as well as in non-democratic states. This is essential reading for those wishing to understand more about the complex nature of money in politics today.’
– Magnus Ohman, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Contributors: M.S. Blumenberg, R.G. Boatright, L. Brenez, S.-H. Chang, B.A. Dworkin, N. Evertsson, J. Fisher, A. François, A. Gupta, F. Jiménez, M.A. López Varas, D. May, I. Méndez De Hoyos, J. Mendilow, A. Meyer, K.-H. Nassmacher, H. Onken, G. Orr, E.M. Paz, M. Pelletier, É. Phélippeau, D.R. Piccio, M. Pinto-Duschinsky, V.C. Reyes Jr., G. Sandri, S.E. Scarrow, V. Shale, V. Simral, J. Smulders, H. Soo Sim, S.U. Umoh, I. Van Biezen, M. Villoria, F.C. Von Nostitz, W. Wolfs.
Edited by Jonathan Mendilow, Professor of Political Science, Rider University, US and Chair of IPSA RC20, the Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption and Eric Phélippeau, Professor of Political Science, Paris Nanterre University and member of the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (ISP), France.