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The benchmark First and Second Editions of Comparing Democracies represented essential guides to the global study of elections. Reflecting recent developments in the field, this timely new edition gives an indispensable state-of-the art review of the whole field from the world's leading international scholars. With a completely new thematic introduction which explores how democracy is built and sustained, thoroughly updated chapters (many of which are also new), the Third Edition provides a theoretical and comparative understanding of the major topics related to elections and introduces important work on key new areas. Comparing Democracies, Third Edition will remain a must-read for students and lecturers of elections and voting behavior, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.

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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