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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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The Relationship between Party Funding and Party Competition

The Relationship between Party Funding and Party Competition

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The Politics of Party Funding

Michael Koß

Oxford University Press

This chapter firstly discusses the link between a consensus of the relevant parties and the introduction of state funding to them. Secondly, actor-based institutionalism is identified as the best research heuristic to operationalize parties' ability to reach a consensus. Taking actor-based institutionalism's claim that interaction styles are determined by the institutional context, the actor's strategic goals and the specific context in which a decision is taken as a starting point, veto points, party goals, and the discourses on political corruption are identified as independent variables. Vivien Schmidt's differentiation of ‘coordinative’ and ‘communicative’ discourses, thirdly, leads to the two specific constellations of independent variables which facilitate a consensus of the relevant parties (and thus the introduction and reform of state funding to political parties).

Keywords:   consensus, party, competition, actor-based, institutionalism, interaction, styles, veto points, party, goals, discourse

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