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Handbook of Political Party Funding

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
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.
Extent: 552 pp
Hardback Price: $290.00 Web: $261.00
Publication Date: January 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 796 0
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Choice
  • Constitutions
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 include: M. Blumenberg, R. Boatright, L. Brenez, S.-H. Chang, B.A. Dworkin, N. Evertsson, J. Fischer, A. François, A. Gupta, F. Jimenez, M.A. Lopez Varas, E. Martins Paz, D. May, I. Mendez De Hoyos, J. Mendilow, A. Meyer, K.-H. Nassmacher, H. Onken, G. Orr, 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



Part I. Some issues in contention
1. Funding and Propaganda
Alix Meyer and Eric Phélippeau

2. Corporate Donations to Electoral campaigns. The Current State of Affairs
Nubia Evertsson

3. Party Election Expenditure Election Effects: National vs. District Level and the Regulatory Challenges
Justin Fisher

4. The Cartel Party Thesis in Contemporary Perspective
Daniela Piccio and Ingrid Van Biezen

5. The extent of PPF: Full as against partial public funding
Graeme Orr

6. Political Finance Regulations and Political Equality
Susan Scarrow

7. Political Party Funding and the Enigma of Trust
Danielle May

8. Gated Digital Communities and the Future of Party Funding
Jonathan Mendilow

Part II. The arena of party finance
9. Like Water on Pavement: Political Fundraising at the Sub-National Level – The New Jersey Example
Ben Dworkin

10. Party financing at the supra national level. The example of Europe
Wouter Wolfs and Jef Smulders

11. Funding of inner party competitions (primaries)
Félix Christopher Von Nostitz and Giulia Sandri

A. Party finance in developed democracies
12. Party funding in the USA
Robert Boatright

13. Party funding in Germany
Manuela Blumenberg, Karl Heinz Nassmacher and Holger Onken

14. Party funding in France
Abel François, Eric Phélippeau,

15. Public Funding in Canada: Reform without Consensus
Maxime Pelletier

16. Party funding in Britain
Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

B. Party funding in newly democratized states
17. Party funding in South Korea
Heung Soo Sim

18. Party Funding in Spain
Fernando Jimenez and Manuel Villoria

19. Party funding in the Czech Republic and East central Europe
Vit Simral

20. Funding in Brazil After the Re-Democratization: A brief critical overview
Ezequiel Marins Paz

21. Party funding in Taiwan
Shich-Hsien Chang

C. Party funding in Developing Democracies
22. Party funding in India
Asha Gupta

23. Party funding in Mexico and Chile
Irma Mendez de Hoyos

24. Party funding in South Africa
Sam Tol

25. Political Party Funding and Regulation in Lesotho and Mozambique
Victor Shale

D. Party funding in countries with single party and hybrid regimes
26. Party funding in Russia
Lou Brenez

27. Survival Politics and Electoral Manipulation: Singapore’s Hegemonic Party, Political Finance and the Reconstitution of the City-State
Vicente Reyes