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Campaign and Party Finance
Campaign and party finance
Ingridvan Biezen

“Trying to take money out of politics,” suggested former United States Senator and retired NBA basketball player Bill Bradley, “is like trying to take jumping out of basketball.” Although money should be seen as a normal and necessary element of the democratic process, its relationship with politics is blemished by its frequent association with practices of fraud, bribery, and corruption. Whether in old or new democracies, the financing of parties and candidates is perhaps the most obscure of all political activity. The place of money on, and often beyond, the edges of what is legally and morally permissible is fostered by the spate of financial scandals that are afflicting democratic governments today. The pervasiveness of political finance ...

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