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 6: Political finance regulation and equality: comparing strategies and impact

Susan E. Scarrow


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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