The role of money in politics challenges states worldwide, both rich and poor. Its abuse raises problems of graft, corruption and cronyism, undermining legitimacy and governance. In recent years, financial scandals have erupted all over the world.
Yet money is essential for mobilizing election campaigns, sustaining political party organizations, and communicating with citizens. And countries such as Sweden have managed to avoid falling foul of malfeasance and graft. So how can politics be cleaned up most effectively?
oney, Politics and Transparency (MPT) is a collaboration between the Electoral Integrity Project, the Sunlight Foundation, and Global Integrity. It will generate research, analysis and global norms that civic organizations, elected officials, regulators and the media can use to build more effective political financing regulations in any country.
The project is made possible by generous support from the Hewlett Foundation and Open Society Foundations. The project’s Reference Group is made up of political finance experts from around the world who offer guidance and expertise. More information here.
On July 16 2015 the project released new evidence, available here and on http://moneypoliticstransparency.org/.
The results of these efforts has been released. New evidence is available from a comparative report Checkbook Elections and new Campaign Finance Indicators, available here and on http://moneypoliticstransparency.org/.
Data on expert perceptions of campaign finance is also available for all elections held worldwide from the annual PEI index.
Access Global Integrity's Campaign Finance Indicators, methodology and analysis.
The case study report draws on a multi-method design and sources of evidence. To supplement the case studies, the report also draws upon data from International IDEA to classify and compare the structure of political finance regimes worldwide based on the degree of state intervention in public policies regulating political finance.
Download the report Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective.
Read more about the Declaration on Political Finance Openness
She is a co-founder of the IPRE Group, and consults for local and international development and aid organizations, particularly in the field of design and implementation of impact evaluation projects, as well as quantitative analysis more generally. She has consulted for Kofi Annan on his Global Commission for Elections, Democracy and Security (a joint initiative with International IDEA), Oxford’s Humanitarian Innovation Project, UNHCR, the Danish Refugee Council, as well as local San Francisco - Bay Area organizations such as Samasource and Village Enterprise.
An engineer by origin, with both Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Aerospace/Mechatronic Engineering from Sydney University, she is a strong advocate and practitioner of quantitative evidence based decision and policy making. Hungarian/Australian by cultural background, she speaks several foreign languages and has travelled and worked extensively overseas (a repertoire she is constantly seeking to expand). She has a passion for all things West and Sub-Saharan Africa.
For more details about Money, Politics and Transparency, visit the project website at moneypoliticstransparency.org.
The Sunlight Foundation's website is at sunlightfoundation.com and Global Integrity's website is at www.globalintegrity.org
The project generated an edited book Checkbook Elections: Comparing Political Finance Worldwide, forthcoming with Oxford University Press (New York) in May 2016.