Handbook of Political Party Funding
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Handbook of Political Party Funding

Edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phélippeau

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.
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Chapter 2: Corporate contributions to electoral campaigns – the current state of affairs

Nubia Evertsson

Abstract

This chapter presents a systematic review of the literature that addresses the following two questions: who corporate donors are and whether corporate contributions to electoral campaigns influence policy outcomes. The material that is used in this review was obtained through a search process in the EBSCO database. In the initial search process, 436 peer-reviewed articles were identified; however, after a scrutiny process, only 40 of them reported results that are relevant to this study. This chapter offers a conceptual review of the theoretical approaches that are used by scholars and a descriptive review of the research that has been published between 2000 and 2015 that examines the two previously mentioned questions.

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