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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 Party Funding Regimes

The Party Funding Regimes

(p.77) 6 The Party Funding Regimes
The Politics of Party Funding

Michael Koß

Oxford University Press

The focus of this chapter is on the income structure of political parties. The chapter gives up-to-date information about the share of income parties in the four countries receive from membership dues, donations, and the different forms of state funding available. Furthermore, the transparency regulations that parties in each of the examined countries face and the levels of political corruption are assessed. As hypothesized, the party funding regimes of those countries with insignificant state funding (the United Kingdom and France up to 1988) are designed rather to regulate electoral campaigns, whereas the party funding regimes of Germany and Sweden focus more on parties' day-to-day expenses. This is an indicator of a link between vote-seeking strategies (which prompt a tighter regulation of electoral campaigns) and a preference for private funding of political parties.

Keywords:   party funding regimes, membership dues, donations, state funding, transparency obligations, political corruption

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