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The Politics of Party FundingState Funding to Political Parties and Party Competition in Western Europe$
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Michael Koß

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572755.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Determinants of Party Funding Regimes

Conclusion: The Determinants of Party Funding Regimes

(p.204) 11 Conclusion: The Determinants of Party Funding Regimes
The Politics of Party Funding

Michael Koß

Oxford University Press

Apart from summing up the major findings of the preceding chapters, the conclusion goes beyond the scope of the empirical analysis in two respects: Firstly, it discusses the future the British exceptionalism in party funding, that is, of a party funding regime without significant state subsidies. Secondly, I discuss whether decreasing ideological polarization of party systems prior to the introduction of state funding (as found in chapter 5) is also given in other established Western European democracies. With the exception of the third-wave democracies Spain, Portugal, and Greece, this trend can be observed in eight more countries. Even though this finding does not imply specific causal relationships between institutional veto points, party goals, corruption discourses, and party funding reforms in any of these countries, it serves as evidence that the findings of my small-N study are generally applicable to established democracies.

Keywords:   British exceptionalism, polarization, veto points, party goals, discourse, party funding reform

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