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: Chong, A et al
Release date: December 2011

Looking beyond the incumbent: The effects of exposing corruption on electoral outcomes

To assess whether information about corruption would affect voter behaviour, the authors conducted a field experiment alongside the process of the 2009 local elections in Mexico. Their study consisted of a randomly assigned corruption awareness campaign one week before election day. The campaign distributed flyers with information about resources spent by the municipality in a corrupt manner (the information was taken from reports by the Federal Auditor's Office). Assessing the impact in terms of voter turn out after the election, the authors conclude that information about corruption demobilized voters and weakened partisan identification with the corrupt incumbent's party.

Author: GOPAC and UNDP
Release date: January 2010

Preventing corruption: a toolkit for parliamentarians

Developed by the Secretariat for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and UNDP, this toolkit aims to facilitate a more active parliamentary involvement in the implementation, oversight and monitoring of UNCAC; highlight the role of parliamentarians in preventing corruption and track parliamentary performance as well as emerging trends and developments; identify gaps where parliamentary strengthening may be needed; and, bolster inter-institutional dialogue on anti-corruption reforms.

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