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Checkbook elections?

Checkbook Elections? Political Finance in Comparative Perspective

Editors: Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es.

Money in essential for electoral politics yet regulating its appropriate use raises complex and controversial challenges in countries around the world. Affluent societies and long-established democracies have been sporadically rocked by major problems of financial malfeasance, exemplified by the “Recruit” scandal in Japan, the misuse of “Westminster expenses” in Britain, and “Watergate” in the United States. Problems of graft, corruption, and cronyism have also commonly plagued many emerging economies, including in India, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia. 

To throw new light on these important challenges, this book addresses three related questions: 

I. What types of public policies are commonly used around the world in attempts to regulate the role of money in politics?

II. What triggers occasional landmark reforms?

III. And, above all, ‘what works’, what fails, and why – when countries implement new policies?

To understand these issues, the book combines a worldwide comparison and classification of regulatory policies to sketch the big picture, along with a range of in-depth country case-studies, to probe the underlying historical processes of reform occurring within specific contexts. Since the regulation of political finance is a global challenge, the book compares a diverse range of cases, including affluent societies and long-established democracies, as well as emerging economies and hybrid regimes.


List of tables and figures

Preface and acknowledgments

Notes about contributors

I: Introduction and Overview

1.      Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es Introduction

2.      Andrea Abel van Es Why regulate?

II: Case Studies: From laissez-faire to state regulation

3.      Richard Calland  South Africa

4.      Magnus Ohman  Sweden

5.      Eswaran Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav  India

6.      Matthew Carlson Japan

7.      Richard Briffault  United States

8.      Justin Fischer United Kingdom

9.      Marcus Mietzner Indonesia

10.   Bruno Speck Brazil

11.   Grigorii Golosov  Russia

III: Conclusions

12.   Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es Conclusions: Conclusions: Do regulations work?

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