Edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phélippeau
Chapter 6: Political finance regulation and equality: comparing strategies and impact
This chapter examines how political finance rules may be used to promote normatively-desirable patterns of political influence and participation. For instance, they may be used to reduce economically based political inequalities, or to protect citizens’ political privileges vis-à-vis other actors. The chapter uses data from International IDEA to illustrate how democracies employ such regulatory tools. Finally, it explores ways to measure how such rules affect financial participation in politics, considering experiences in the UK, Ireland and Canada.
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