Money in Politics

Money can have a negative influence on politics and present a challenge to foreign aid. Find out how to reduce political funding’s adverse impact on developing countries.

Money is vital for modern democracies. Without it, citizens would not have the means to convey ideas nor compete for political power through electoral processes. However, money can distort the democratic ideals of fair competition through unbalanced access to resources to some individuals or political groups, upsetting one of the cornerstones of democracy – the concept of ‘one person one vote’.  

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Financiamiento Politico y Corrupcion

This animation, produced by Transparency International in 2010 in Spanish, presents a summary of the main risks associated with the financing of political parties and political campaigns, besides making four recommendations on how citizens can contribute to reduce the negative influence money may have in such political processes.
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Author: Robinson, M
Release date: January 2007

The politics of successful governance reforms: lessons of design and implementation

That lack of attention to politics can lead to failure of well designed governance reforms is old wisdom to most governance specialists. But in this article, Mark Robison addresses also other factors of the triumvirate that seems to be behind, at least partially, successful experiences: technical capacity and sequencing of reforms. Analyzing governance reforms in Brazil, India and Uganda, Robison highlights the implications of such to aid donors (Payment requested for access to article).

Author: Manzetti, L. and Wilson, C.
Release date: January 2007

Why do corrupt governments maintain public support?

Why do sensible citizens keep voting in notoriously corrupt governments and reelecting crooks? This article suggests that at least the more impoverished groups in countries with weak states institutions do so to access public goods. Jobs, unemployment benefits, housing and health become valuable commodities, controlled and dispensed through clientelistic networks in exchange for voting. Despite lacking direct recommendations on how to change the situation, the article provides useful insight for those interested in political parties and election systems (subscription needed for access to article).

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