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Checkbook Elections?: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective

Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es


Money in essential for electoral politics yet its use and abuse often raises problems of graft, corruption, and cronyism. To throw new light on these challenges, this book addresses three related questions: (1) What types of public policies are commonly used around the world to regulate the role of money in politics? This includes public subsidies to political parties, spending limits and donor caps, and disclosure and transparency requirements. (2) What triggers landmark reforms in political finance? (3) “What works,” what fails, and why—when countries reform regulations? To understand these ... More

Keywords: political finance, comparative politics, electoral integrity, campaigns and elections, money in politics, regulatory policies, corruption and reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pippa Norris, editor
McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Andrea Abel van Es, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Electoral Integrity Project, Harvard University and Sydney University

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1 Introduction

Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es

Part I Case Studies

2 Brazil

Bruno Wilhelm Speck

3 Britain

Justin Fisher

4 India

Eswaran Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav

5 Indonesia

Marcus Mietzner

6 Japan

Matthew Carlson

7 Russia

Grigorii V. Golosov

8 South Africa

Richard Calland

9 Sweden

Magnus Ohman

10 The United States

Richard Briffault

Part II Comparative Evidence

12 Does Regulation Work?

Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es

Part III Conclusions

13 The Lessons for Political Finance Reform

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